TVET Youth Challenge Competition: A catalysis for innovation

Gishari, 12 June 2019: IPRC Gishari hosted, on 12th June 2019, TVET Youth Challenge Competition. This competition was organized by the Ministry of Youth in partnership with Korea International Agency Cooperation (KOICA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 
The overall objective for organizing the TVET Youth Challenge competition is to instill entrepreneurship spirit among students and support promising projects as well as connecting practical studies acquired in solving problems in our communities.
 

TVET Youth Challenge competition has the theme “Boosting innovation and entrepreneurship for self-reliance” 

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 UWIMBABAZI NIWEMUGORE Alice presented her project "Smart Energy Meter Rechargeable"

The Principal of IPRC Gishari SSP David KABUYE welcomed participants and expresses his gratitude to the partners who organized this competition. He believes that this competition will awake students and boost their spirit of innovation. 

It was expected to present 8 running projects or having a proven feasible prototype that is embedded with technologies that modernize agriculture, health, trade, tourism, governance, and business or service systems among others. Only 3 projects were selected and awarded at school level. These projects will be presented in competition at national level. 

GISUBIZO Elisa’s project entitled “Shoe Polish from Charcoal Powder” emerged the first one and awarded 500,000 FrwUWIMBABAZI NIWEMUGORE Alice’s Smart Energy Meter Rechargeable project being awarded 300,000 Frw  and NSHIMIYIMANA Eugene’s 30V DC Generator based on LEDs and Sun Radiation with GSM Control be awarded 200,000 Frw respectively. 

The Executive Secretary of National Youth Council, Mr. Robert MWESIGWA appreciated the efforts of the competitors and urged them to develop the spirit of innovation lead to job creation. 

It is expected that winning contestants will attend a 3 days boot camp before final competition. With the support of different partners, winning contestants will be equipped with relevant training that will help improve their projects, enrich their level of business management and alignment of their innovative projects with real challenges in order to improve the quality of community’s livelihood. Organized and sponsored by the Ministry of Youth, the boot camp will witness another round of the competition phase on the last day. The final competition phase and awarding ceremony of first-rated 10 greatest projects at National level will take place during the annual Youth Connekt Convention and this will be broadcast on Rwanda National TV as the grand finale. At this final stage, contestants will be awarded as follows: 1st Prize: 5,000,000 Frw 2nd Prize: 3,000,000 Frw 3rd Prize: 2,000,000 Frw and other best 7 remaining will get 1,000,000 Frw each. 

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Executive Secretary of National Youth Council, Mr. Robert MWESIGWA awarding GISUBIZO Elisa for his best project “Shoe Polish from Charcoal Powder” 

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UWIMBABAZI NIWEMUGORE Alice awarded for her project "Smart Energy Meter Rechargeable" as the second.

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 The Principal of IPRC Gishari,SSP David KABUYE, awarding NSHIMIYIMANA Eugene for his project "30V DC Generator based on LEDs and Sun Radiation with GSM Control"

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