On August 11, UNICEF Zambia convened innovators and key personalities to feature innovations making a difference in the life of children.
The speakers included:
- Emanuel Chibesakunda: Worked with German students to design a school building that costs considerably less to build than traditional schools and is also ergonomically designed. The first demo school has been built in Lusaka.
- Ella Mbewe: Co-Founder of Asikana Network (Women and Girls in ICT). Designed an application that translates rights of girls and women into easy-to-read language and provides referrals to services if these rights are violated (see more here: www.zamrize.org/wrapp and http://asikananetwork.org/ ).
- Mr. Mark Bennett: Founded iSchool and pioneered the ZedUPad, that puts primary school curricula onto low cost tablets. The tablets feature local language content and audio content (see more here: http://ischool.zm/ and http://www.zedupad.com/).
- Josephine Pumulo and Brighton Kaoma: Both youth facilitators, they are designers and contributors to Zambia U-Report, an SMS-based youth engagement and participation platform that connects adolescents and young people in Zambia to trained HIV counselors 24/7 for free and confidential counseling on HIV, STIs and related issues. It also gives young people a voice through polls on issues that affect them.