Mbele has recently launched Idea Hunt, a workshop that seeks to empower youth to create innovative solutions for the SDGs in Abuja.

IdeaHunt which took place on 9th December, is a one-day workshop for adolescents and youths to empower them to start creating innovative solutions for the SDGs in Nigeria by teaching them problem-solving techniques using the design thinking methodology, digital product design and agile project management. Every attendee will be able to come up with innovative ideas, create a prototype, and share their best ideas with the IdeaHunt community to get constructive feedback. We want to get Nigerians talking solution and build the ecosystem of problem solvers.

According to Ayeni, the founder, Mbele, “the aim primary of IdeaHunt is to change the conversation, for years we have been talking about all the challenges we face as a nation, it is time for us to take action and start talking solutions”.

“Nigeria did not meet the MDGs and the recent report by UNESCO shows we may not meet the SDGs 2030 maybe until 2070 with the current level of progress. One of the major challenges is the lack of knowledge by many of our teens and youths in the area of problem-solving. These skills are not readily taught in our institutions of learning, and if we are going to be able to make reasonable progress we need innovative and sustainable ideas to solve the problems highlighted by the SDGs in Nigeria” he added.

Bisola, one of the participants expressed her excitement to be part of the workshop.

“I am glad to be on this platform MbeleIdeaHunt, it has been a great time being here. It has given us the opportunity to express our ideas, I never knew the ideas I have in me can solve lots of problems around me, today I was able to learn how to go about it, and how our solution can make a profit and also impact the community” she said.

Another participant also said, the session was very exciting and very educative.

“I learnt a lot of things I didn’t know I could do. Like how to become a Social Entrepreneur, you don’t necessarily have to have a lot of funds to start a business; as long as you have an idea and the right people around you can start. I will like this initiative to be taken to higher institutions and colleges across the nation as this is a very good platform that our youths need. With what we learnt today the sky is just the starting point” said funke.

“I am so happy that the Mbele Team came today, I learnt a lot with what was shared with us. In the sense that I have been a part of the problem all this while and not considering a solution, today they made me see how I can be a solution and now I see myself as a solution provider, Hilary affirmed.

Mbele is a social enterprise in Nigeria that uses technological innovation to provide access to quality and fun learning for all. Our mission is to increase access to quality education, to anyone, anywhere.

By Dotun Roy

DotunRoy.com is a development driven news website with the overall goal of amplifying, promoting and advocating for positive societal change through Sustainable Development advocacy in line with UN SDGs components such as education, environmental sustainability and Climate Change, Human Rights, health, finance, housing, good governance as well as security in Nigeria and across the world.

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