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The Gandhian Challenge for School Children

Why in News?
On the occasion of the 150th birth of anniversary of ‘Father of the Nation’, Mahatma Gandhi, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and UNICEF India including Generation Unlimited, have launched the ‘Gandhian Challenge’.

About the programme
This is an innovation challenge which is tend to provide every child of the country to ideate innovative ideas and solutions for a sustainable India of their dreams, making use of the Gandhian principles.

The contest is open for the children from 2nd-20th October. The winners of the challenge will be awarded by ATL and UNICEF on the occasion of Children’s Day in November. The programme will also mark the 70 years of partnership between Government of India and UNICEF India to enable ‘Every Right for Every Child’.

Key Highlights

  • The problem statement for the Gandhian Challenge is: “Share your innovative solutions/ideas to create a futuristic and sustainable world of your dreams, following Gandhi’s principles.”
  • Ideas and innovations for the problem statement can be expressed through three broad categories: Art & Innovation (Letters, poems, painting, videos and photos, among others) and Science, Technology & Innovation (Robotics, Internet of Things, sensors and 3D printers, among others).
  • The most innovative, sustainable solutions/ideas will be showcased as a symbol of a larger movement by children taking root in every district of India. Children across India can access to more than 8000 Atal Tinkering Labs across all districts to support their innovative ideas.

About AIM
It is a Government Initiative to promote the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. The mission aims to develop new programmes and policies for fostering innovation in different sectors of the economy, provide platform and collaboration opportunities for different stakeholders, create awareness and create an umbrella structure to oversee innovation ecosystem in India.

About UNICEF India and Generation Unlimited:
UNICEF, an integral part of the United Nations, works with governments, communities, civil society organizations, the private sector, and other partners worldwide to advance children’s rights, and is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Generation Unlimited is a new UNICEF-led global partnership that aims to ensure that every young person age 10-24 is in some form of school, learning, training, self-employment, or age-appropriate employment by 2030. It aims to co-create and scale up proven solutions related to secondary age-education, skills for learning, employability and decent work, and empowerment, with a focus on girls.


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