Airtel Rwanda has joined hands with the UN children’s fund Unicef in the Pitch Night initiative, which was developed by Unicef to motivate children and youth below 25 to come up with project ideas on environment, health and education.
Speaking at the launch of Pitch Night on Wednesday, the Managing Director of Airtel Rwanda, Michael Adjei, said that the partnership with Unicef is in line with the country’s Vision 2020 to provide solutions for youth and tackle youth unemployment.
“Airtel Rwanda is pleased to partner with Unicef to launch this innovative project that will continue to provide solutions for Rwandan adolescents and youth as we move towards achieving the Vision 2020 goals that Rwanda is committed to,” Adjei said.
The objective of Pitch Night is to provide a platform that introduces emerging entrepreneurs to investors, potential clients, media and fellow entrepreneurs. It is an opportunity for children and youth to find innovative solutions to problems with a special focus on education, health and protection issues.
The project also seeks to provide mentorship to youth who want to become ICT investors and innovators and provides an opportunity for the youth to express themselves.
Adjei said that he is hopeful that Pitch Night will help in finding home-grown solutions to the country’s problems.
“We believe that the project we launch today will assist youths to develop ideas that will help society, as the country is focusing on home-grown solutions to tackle the country’s problems,” he observed.
The partnership between Unicef and Airtel comes at the time when Airtel Rwanda has positioned itself as a key player in the ICT innovation arena and seeks to develop solutions in health, environment, and education.
Ted Maly, the Unicef Representative to Rwanda, noted that Pitch Night will increase Rwandan youth’s participation and involvement in development through a pool of their voices and ideas.
“Participation is an important component of children’s rights,” he said. “Our partnership with Airtel to launch Pitch Night brings voices and ideas of Rwandan youth to the forefront of development discussions.”
Applications for participation in the Pitch Night started on March 15 and will end on April 6, after which shortlisted applicants and their projects will be announced.
The actual Pitch Night is scheduled in early May with the theme ‘Improving the lives of adolescents and youth in health, education and environment.’