Miyaheli, a social innovation camp for Maldivian youth concluded on Friday.
The camp aimed at youth aged 18-13 years gives participants the opportunity to make their idea a reality. It also aims to bring together youth, mentors and ideas to create tech-based and non-tech based social innovations. These address pressing social issues over the course of the weekend.
This years camp is to eliminate barriers faced by Persons with Disabilities (PWD). A particular focus was given to physical or environmental barriers, communication barriers and attitudinal barriers.
PWD’s are often marginalized and have limited accessibility for transportation, public services, education, health and employment opportunities.
Miyaheli offers a chance for the youth to work towards solutions that are inclusive and accessible for all while gaining entrepreneurship and innovation.
Five teams that took part in the camp compete against each other and pitch their idea to the judges. At the end of the camp, first team and the second team were awarded seed funding and enrolment in the Youth Co: Lab Regional Springboard Programme.
This camp is a collaborative effort by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ooredoo Maldives, Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services, Ministry of Youth and Community Empowerment, Youth Co:Lab, Maldives Association of Persons with Disabilities, Maldives Deaf Association, Blind and Visually Impaired Society of Maldives and Wellness Association of Maldives.
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