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SOCIAL GOOD SUMMIT 2019

Deputy Minister( MOYA) & Commissioner(NAYCOM)

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and NAYCOM on Friday 15th November 2019, held it's Annual Social Goods Summit at the Eastern Polytechnic Kenema. Eight young people from across the country pitched fantastic innovations relating to climate change, the environment and agriculture.
Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs Hon. Luseni Kallon said at the event that the country is currently suffering from the impacts of climate which has the tendency to badly affect the drive towards prosperity. He added that this will decrease agricultural productivity, degradation, a shift from tropical rain forests to dry forests, food and nutrition imbalance among other effects.
The UNDP's Resident Representatives Dr. Sam Doe said the Social Good Summit was designed by the UN to get young people together to discuss problems within their communities and come up with possible solutions. He said since 2013 the Social Good Summit has been providing support to winners to build on their innovative ideas. He referenced the IDT Lab as one of those products-" we have enough innovators in Sierra Leone, we need to develop and support them."
NAYCOM'S Commissioner Ngolo Katta however said, the Commission will continue to support youth initiatives as a trajectory to development processes. He thanked UNDP for it's support to the sector to undertake projects for youths.
For this year's Social Good Summit, Osman Yaah with an Automatic Irrigation Water Pump System and Monica Jackson with an Auto-electric Tricycle Chair with an inbuilt renewable energy system won the top prizes of Fifteen Million Leones (15,000,000) each. Benson Kandeh with a Hand Pump used with low cost from water points and Aminata Amara with a Plastic Bottle Light won the second prizes of Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Leones (Le 7,500,000) each.
The Youth Sector is opening up more collaboration to support young people as the drivers of change for a prosperous Sierra Leone.