The Innovation Olympiad is a space for young innovative minds who are changing communities through their work. It’s a space to brainstorm, work, collaborate and reflect. It’s a space for study groups, for meetings, to hold trainings, small workshops, lectures and other engagements between progressive young people. The Innovation Olympiad is a safe space for a diverse range of young people who need a hand to hold in their journey. These may be university students, early stage entrepreneurs, freelance artists or journalists, civil society organizations, or any other innovative initiatives. The space is only open to young people under the age of 35 though their colleagues over that age might be accommodated upon communication.
INNOVATORS IN THE OLYMPIAD
EDDIEN SPORTS TRUST
Their vision is to develop personal skills, enhance social status, empower economically and improve the health of women and the girl child through sport. Eddien Sports Trust was estaablished in 2017 and their work invests in skill development in a wide range of sporting codes, social status enhancement through meaningful participation of youth in sports and economic empowerment through income generating projects such as training referees and coaches of the beneficiaries. Eddien goes a step further and improves on health awareness by educating women on health issues that affect them such as the sexual related issues,and gender based violence.
Eddien sports Trust has up-to-date been involved in technology for development through ensuring that one of their sports teams are part of the global Technovation Challenge that is coordinated by Youth for Innovation Trust locally. They have also helped to raise funds for a young lady called Elizabeth Ndlovu to enable her to travel to South Africa to participate in the 10km competition race.
What Eddien Sports Trust is currently doing:
Soccer4life – they have stared a soccer program that helps young girls learn soccer skills. At the moment they are doing this in Sizinda and hope that by year end we will have introduced the program to the other areas in Bulawayo. Evening wellness program – Eddien offers evening training sessions to the community at an affordable prize. Main idea is to encourage those with busy work lifestyles to improve their well-being. Promoting positive youth development through sport – is a program they do within children’s homes, at the moment we do it with only one home in Bulawayo.Power walk – To be held every 25th of May (Africa Day), the Power Walk is an annual event with the main aim of raising consciousness among Africans on the benefits of being physically active and also to collect donations that will be distributed in a selected children’s homes and adult homes in Bulawayo.
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YOUNG WOMEN’S ALLIANCE
Young Women’s Alliance is a girls and young women focused organization which seeks to support the participation and involvement of young women in the cultural, political, social and economic development programs through building their capacity, lobbying and advocacy. Young women alliance’s mantra is of promoting young women participation in decision making thus ensuring 90% (young women) and 10% young men (leaving no one behind) in its programing and all our programing is mainly anchored on the constitutional rights and responsibilities of young women. Programming is embedded on the fact that the Zimbabwean landscape is patriarchal in nature which has ultimately birthed and perpetuated the continued neglect of young women in the economic, political and social spheres. Nonetheless the recent clamor for gender mainstreaming and gender equality has subjected all the stated spheres to gender-oriented reforms. As such the Young Women’s Alliance Organization ultimately strengthens constitutional provisions on gender equality and mainstreaming across all structures inclusive of all developmental facets.
Young women alliance has worked with other already established organizations mostly based in Bulawayo and established its presence. In carrying out activities, the organization has reached out to the surrounding communities conducting young women’s forums with civil society leaders, women in politics and well established entrepreneurs. Since its inception young women alliance has managed launch the Vote4Her campaign in partnership with Youth for Innovation Trust, YIELD and Just Women International to drum up support for young women candidates campaigning for political office regardless of political affiliation. The organization has also managed to work with Centre for Innovation and Technology in training aspiring candidates on election monitoring and also TIZ on election transparency and integrity. The organization managed to also raised awareness on the advent of the Women’s Bank and its benefits through a dialogue with the Ministry of Women, Gender and Community Development. As a way forward Young Women Alliance envisions to run with the Vote4Her campaign in preparation for the 2023 elections as well as the business development cafe’s in quest to assist young women with the necessary information and skills concerning their businesses.