U-Report is a free SMS-based system that allows young Ugandans to speak out on what's happening in their communities across the country and work together with community leaders for positive change. Credit: U-Report Uganda http://www.ureport.ug/
U-Report is a free SMS-based system that allows young Ugandans to speak out on what’s happening in their communities across the country and work together with community leaders for positive change. Credit: U-Report Uganda http://www.ureport.ug/

November 20, 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. When this is time for celebration it also serves as a reminder that work for children is far from finished.

In order to accelerate progress for children, new ideas and approaches are needed to close the gaps that prevent so many of today’s children from realizing their rights. To rethink and rework how we reach and deliver results for all children, UNICEF has earmarked 2014 as a year of ‘Innovating for Children, Innovating for Equity’.

Throughout the year, special initiatives will stress the gaps that remain in realizing all children’s rights and the role innovation can play to address them, highlighting practical action to reach the most excluded children. UNICEF offices around the world will convene a series of inspiring and vibrant ACTIVATE events between February to August 2014, inviting the brightest and most creative innovators in international development and humanitarian action to focus on specific challenges and solutions in realizing children’s rights in the local context.

UGANDA, 2011. Digital DrumDigital DrumYoung Ugandans gather around to use UNICEF’s unique innovation the solar-powered Digital Drum, at Bosco Youth Centre in Gulu, Uganda. The Digital Drum was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2011. © UNICEF/UGDA2011-00091/YANNICK TYLLE
UGANDA, 2011. Digital DrumDigital DrumYoung Ugandans gather around to use UNICEF’s unique innovation the solar-powered Digital Drum, at Bosco Youth Centre in Gulu, Uganda. The Digital Drum was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2011. © UNICEF/UGDA2011-00091/YANNICK TYLLE

The themes and ideas from these events will be captured in an online platform, which will feature the recorded events, discussion forums, debates, thought pieces, blog posts and multimedia content. The best knowledge and input from the year will culminate in a new, digital State of the World’s Children report, which will be launched at a high-level event on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20th, 2014, in New York, USA.

The UNICEF Uganda ACTIVATE event kicks off this series of worldwide activities, effectively initiating international public discussion and debate on exploring innovative solutions that will ensure more children survive and realize their full potential. The event takes place at the Victoria Hall, Serena International Conference Centre in Kampala, Uganda, on February 28, 2014. This first ACTIVATE event covers topics such as android-based malaria testing of mother and fetus, MobileVRS (Mobile phone birth registration), The Medical Concierge (Tele-medicine for child health), EMO Solution (Odourless latrines in schools), and U-Report (Mobile-phone based citizen participation).

Follow the Uganda event and all the other ACTIVATE events and discussion here

You can follow updates about the Uganda event on the UNICEF Uganda’s Facebook page and Twitter:

www.facebook.com/unicefuganda
www.twitter.com/UNICEFUganda

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