Nominations have opened for the 2020 Commonwealth Youth Awards which will see winners share a cash award of over UGX 54m to scale-up development work benefiting their communities.
For the 30th edition of the awards that were held in London in March 2019, two Ugandans; Brenda Katwesigye and Turatsinze Mafigi Victor were shortlisted among the 15 finalists but narrowly missed making to the top four for the awards that were held in London, UK.
The Commonwealth Youth Awards recognise the exemplary work undertaken by young people across the 53 member countries.
The awards are being organised in partnership with the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Commonwealth Youth Networks.
Launching the awards in Brunei, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “The awards celebrate all that we achieve collectively when we empower young people to realise their full potential and exercise their full citizenship, creativity and innovation.”
Award, nominees must be:
Aged 15 to 29 years;
A citizen of a Commonwealth member country;
Been engaged in development work for more than 12 months – either in a professional or voluntary capacity;
Have a strong track record of implementing innovative ideas and linking their development work and its impact to one of the 17 SDGs;
And have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of youth engagement in key areas of development.
Entrants can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone who is not a relative and who can testify of the impact of their work.
Sixteen finalists will be shortlisted from four Commonwealth regional categories: Africa and Europe; Asia; the Caribbean and Canada; and the Pacific. A winner will be selected from each region, and one exceptional entrant will be awarded the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year.
Last year, Nigeria’s Omowumi Ogunrotim, an activist against gender-based violence emerged the overall winner for her work against gender-based violence.
“It has re-affirmed the collective responsibility we have to create safe spaces for youth across the Commonwealth and has highlighted efforts we are making to transform from aspiration to reality the right for every girl to be secure and safe and thus making our communities and nations an equitable home for all.”
This year’s finalists will receive a trophy, a certificate and cash grants to help them continue their development work. All finalists will be awarded £1,000, (Approx. UGX4.5m). Each selected regional winner will receive an additional £2,000. (Approx. UGX9m). The Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will also receive an additional cash grant of £2,000.
Click the link below for details;
https://commonwealth-youthexcellence.awardsplatform.com/ Deadline for submission of entries is October 31, 2019.