Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
If there's one thing that's causing environmental degradation in Nigeria, it's plastic and nylon waste. Virtually in every street in the country, one would find that there's an unchecked deposit of this rubbish lying everywhere constituting some bad stuffs to our environment. This is endangering our marine system, affecting our agricultural activities, disfiguring our society and most importantly, degrading our environment. Another issue in Nigeria is the lack of electricity. The major source of electrical energy generation in Nigeria is through hydro and that's not enough to cater for a country of over 160 million people. That's one of the reasons we have an epileptic power supply. This lack of electricity has affected students who schools in the day and hope to revise their day's work in the evening but they have to result to local means of light such as oil lamps, burning of candles etc and this is causing damages to their eyes. Some of them end up with issues with their sight which shouldn't be because they are just too young to be going through such issues. Rebirth is an attempt to reduce plastic and nylon waste in Nigeria. The nylon waste will be gathered and sewed together to make a water proof bag. Clothes waste will be used to add beautification prints to the bag to make it appealing. Also, a solar panelled small bulb will be attached to the bag. So, while the students goes to school by day, the solar panel will charge the bulb and they'll be able to use it to read in the evening. This will reduce the dependency on local means of light generation and subsequently, their eyes are protected.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The UN's SDG has not achieved much success Nigeria, especially the first Goal which is No Poverty. Research states that an average Nigerian lives on less than one American Dollar per day. That's quite saddening and disappointing. While we have some very wealthy people in Nigeria, majority of the masses lives in abject poverty. With no or little sources of income generation, parents usually force their children into child labour which is a crime. These children are withdrawn from school because their parents cannot afford to pay for their tuition or properly feed them. They are sent to either beg, work on the farm or to hawk goods on behalf of their parents. In the course of doing this, these children, especially the females often gets sexually abused by the "customers". Some of these sexual harassments often leads to unwanted pregnancies and that is the beginning of another cycle of poverty. So to stop these, The solar panelled water proof bags will be sewed and sold by the parents. People will be trained in sewing and marketing skills. These will give the parents a source of income generation, they'll be able to send their children to schools. Through project Rebirth, these goals will be achieved: Goal 1- No poverty. Goal 2- Zero hunger since they'll have money to feed their families Goal 3- Good health and well being of the people. Goal 4- the kids will be put into school. Goal 5- the women will benefit from the trainings Goal 8- decent work Goal 12-responsible consumption through waste recycling Goal 14-protecting our marine eco system Goal 17-we're partnering with the goals.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Very little will be spent on capital because the main elements needed for the bag will be gotten from wastes. That means little capital investment and larger income. However, attempts are being made to duplicate this project in all the states in Nigeria. By doing that, a larger target audience will be reached and the benefits will be enjoyed by the majority in the country. The only aspect where money or human resources will be needed is in the training of the women. Some students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, who are knowledge in sewing has volunteered to serve as trainers on this project. World Merit Nigeria and Enactus Team Adekunle Ajasin University are the organisations that's partnering on this project.
I am Damilola, a female and I am 19 years old. I was born as the fifth of six children in one of the rural areas in Ondo State, in Nigeria. My father was a farmer while my mom is a home maker. I grew up engaging in child labour for my parents. This was because of the poverty level. I was lucky to be able to get educated and so, I began to volunteer with World Merit Nigeria as an SDG4 advocate because I know that education is the best legacy that can be given to another person. I am presently in the second year of my undergraduate study as a law student. I know that the SDGs are achievable if we humans can collaborate together. That's why I came up with "Rebirth" as an idea that achieves almost 10 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Rebirth was chosen as the title for the project because the target audience are reborn into a new life. This year, I became a finalist in the World Youth Essay Competition 2018 in which I wrote about how the Millennials should stand up for positive changes. I am also a Campus Director for Hult Prize. Hult Prize Foundation is an organization that supports innovative ideas from students all over the world. The ideas generated through Hult Prize has been declared by Time Magazine as "one of the best innovations in this generation". I also came second in the Green Plexus Essay for the Best SDG. Personally, I believe that positive change is a collective responsibility, it requires every one doing their parts. As a person who underwent child labour, I seek to correct that in my country, Nigeria and hopefully, this project can be duplicated globally.