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Denmark and the African Leadership Academy: Social Innovation Camp 2013

02.08.2013  14:54
Funded by Denmark, the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg held a week long Social Innovation Camp for young South Africans. Working in teams at the camp, the attendees learned how to formulate, evaluate and prototype ideas for businesses and organizations. The camp was a part of Denmark’s continued effort to support job creation in South Africa.

This July, the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg held a week long Social Innovation Camp for young South Africans, aged 15 to 19. The objective of the camp was to empower the youth of South Africa with the skills and mindset of social entrepreneurs, so they might in the future start organizations and businesses targeting specific needs in their communities. The camp was fully funded by Denmark, as a part of Denmark’s continued effort to promote job creation and innovation in South Africa.

Have a look at the video from the camp here: 

At the camp, the seventy young adults arrived from such places as Diepsloot, Port Elizabeth, Alexandra, Soweto and Mpumalanga, to spend an intense week at the Academy. Facilitated by the regular students at the Academy, the attending youth first learned how to formulate, communicate and evaluate ideas, then put their knowledge to work prototyping and presenting their ideas. After refining their ideas in groups during the week, the camp concluded with a pitch-contest, where the resulting sixteen project ideas were presented before panel of judges. From these sixteen, the judges selected three projects deemed to have the most potential, and awarded these with a small pool of start-up capital. All groups were presented with take-home materials to continue their ideas at home, and access to the new-founded network of like-minded and ambitious young peers, to help build their future ideas.

Among the winning ideas was a project dubbed “Rubbish Money”, presented by a group from the Zola Township in Soweto, aiming to retool a vending machine to accept recyclable and sellable litter in exchange for tickets redeemable for non-money goods, such as school supplies or food. “Many Hands One Goal” aims to alleviate hunger among the poorest students at the local Leap Science and Maths school, by establishing student-run community gardens at the school. The final winning project, “Sports for Lit”, aims to combine the South African love of soccer with literacy tutoring, by arranging tournaments where young people compete in both arenas.

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