MYS, World Bank Award US$10k To Five Young Hackathon Innovators
The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) and the World Bank have certificated and awarded US$10,000 to five Liberian youths for their engagement with the best innovative designs for a work-base platform on the Liberia Youth Employability and Empowerment Project (LYEEP) Hackathon 2020 program. A Hackathon is a design sprint-like event, often, in which computer programmers and others get involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, domain experts, and other collaborate intensively on software projects.
Making remarks at the award ceremony held at the MYS’s head office in Monrovia recently, Youth and Sports minister D. Zoegar Wilson stated that due to the fact that young people are given a chance to participate in the Hackathon project, it entails that the government is focused on creating a platform that the youth must also have a role to play in activities which will impact their lives.
Wilson said the five youths that were selected will work with a framework which will be identified by the MYS in making sure that the platform is a true representation of the aspirations of the young people of Liberia.
“This project is just one of such programming to show that this government is serious with the empowerment of young people,” said Wilson.
He also said after several meetings and consultations with the World Bank, the MYS decided to get the young people involved in the design of the platform, in which 35 youths were selected out of a total of 120 and were placed in a groups of five.
For his part, the Country Manager at World Bank, Dr. Kwima Nthara, pointed out that the Bank is excited for the opportunity afforded it to work with the group of innovated youths from January 30th to February 1 to design a Web-based digital platform on the LYEEP.
Nthara said the LYEEP is a World Bank executive activity that is aimed at supporting the Government of Liberia to improve employability of youth through accessing information on opportunity program and policy that will empower them.
He stated that the bank remains committed to the government of Liberia National Development Plan, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD), and finds youth development as one of the key drivers of the country’s progress.
Nthara stated that the Bank will work with the MYS and the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) to support the winning team of the Hackathon so that they can actualize their design concept.