School of Leadership Foundation in Collaboration with UNICEF and UNDP

School of Leadership Foundation in Collaboration with UNICEF and UNDP Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2019/20 calling on

young innovators to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic empowerment launches in Pakistan


The Youth Challenge is part of Generation Unlimited – a multi-sector public-private

global partnership enabling the largest generation of young people in history

to become productive and engaged members of society.

Lahore (Muhammad Yasir)  School of Leadership Foundation will launch the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2.0 in partnership with UNICEF and UNDP. The Youth Challenge will take place in over 40 countries worldwide, including Pakistan. The challenge calls on young innovators across the country to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic engagement. The youth challenge encourages youth between the age of 14-24 to come forward to participate in this challenge.

This year’s theme is “Opening Doors, Knowledge and skills for Empowered Youth”. The need to empower youth for a better tomorrow is connected both, to the financial elevation as well as increment of the standard of living. Awareness is a key factor for this empowerment, with guidance towards developing a wholesome outlook of life. Youth empowerment in any development is imperative not only for national development of an entire country but also for personal development of an individual.

A call for applications will be launched in Pakistan on 11th of November 2019 and successful applicants will be invited to take part in design workshops in Islamabad in January 2020. Following these workshops, the five most promising ideas from each country will be selected and awarded USD 1,000 each in funding and provided with mentoring to support the projects’ implementation. Then, in June 2020, the most promising solutions from each country will be submitted to a global judging process. These projects will receive further funding of up to $20,000, along with a tailored global incubation programme from Generation Unlimited partners to support them to scale. Deadline for idea submission is Friday 31 November 2019.

The challenge in Pakistan is being implemented by the School of Leadership Foundation.

The most promising ideas will contribute to the success of Generation Unlimited, an ambitious multi-sector public-private global partnership meant to meet the urgent needs for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people on an unprecedented scale.

Remarks from Samia Afridi, Project Manager for the Youth Challenge 2.0 at School of Leadership Foundation, “School of leadership Foundation has been working on youth development for many years and we are extremely happy to be bringing this challenge to Pakistan. Winners of this challenge will be engaging with diverse stakeholders working on theme from both the public and private sector by presenting their ideas and concepts to a panel of experts and will have their ideas profiled in various social media platforms which is a huge opportunity for the youth of this country.

Generation Unlimited: Generation Unlimited is global partnership working to prepare young people to become productive and engaged citizens. It connects secondary-age education and training to employment and entrepreneurship, empowering every young person to thrive in the world of work.

UNICEF: UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

 UNDP: UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.