Support young refugee innovators
My name is Emma Sinclair. When I was young I was fortunate enough to go to school and get the education I needed to become the business woman I am today.
Sadly, this is not the case for every child. Right now, 50 million refugee and migrant children have been uprooted from their homes. They’re missing out on the chance to go to school, learn new skills and fulfil their potential because their lives are on hold.
Refugees have changed life as we know it. Einstein fled to the US from Nazi Germany. Google’s Sergey Brin fled anti-Semitism in Russia. Dame Shirley Stephanie came to the UK with the kindertransport. Where would the world be without these heroes?
Unlocking potential through innovation
Unicef’s social innovation labs are one way this challenge is being addressed. The labs create a safe space for young people to come together, collaborate and learn digital skills, problem-solving and how to be entrepreneurial.
They offer technical training in key skills like engineering and coding, which can change the course of young people’s lives – and ours.
There are currently over 650,000 Syrian refugees living in Jordan. Life for them is incredibly difficult. Unemployment is high and there are hardly any jobs available to them.
Unicef’s innovation labs are unlocking the potential of young refugees and migrants, and offering them an alternative future with skills relevant for employment in the 21st century. We want to reach 80,000 of the most vulnerable young people in Jordan.
And this is where we need your help.
I’ll be launching my three week crowdfunding campaign on 18 September. In advance, I’m collecting donations to ensure that on launch day, we kick off the initiative with a bang. And of course, the goal is to exceed all targets set as quickly as possible!
This is something I want to support. I have seen first-hand the impact that Unicef makes. These innovation labs can change the fortunes of a young refugee and nurture people who can change the world. I hope you will support us too.