Ocean Academy High School in Caye Caulker is the 2020 Youth Innovation Challenge. They won first place with their project, Purchase with Purpose, a website where students can sell their products and services in order to raise funds to assist with school tuitions. Ecumenical High School came in second and Excelsior came in third. Due to the COVID-19 endemic the event was held virtually and streamed live on Facebook. The participants presented their projects via the Zoom platform where judges asked questions and gave their remarks. In speaking with Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Education, Dr Carol Babb, she explained the importance of the challenge especially during this pandemic.
Dr.Carol Babb, CEO, Ministry of Education: “When we thought of the challenge we had no idea that this pandemic would come our way and so now the students have to be extremely innovative and they have indeed come up with some innovative ideas that I wish to share with the general public so I really want to applaud our young people. They are very smart, very digitally smart, they embrace change, they are very adaptable, they adapt to changes and they have fit in quite well with this new norm and they’re prepared to face the music today in the competition. Well the Youth Innovation Challenge is very important because it helps our young people to think outside of the box, to think critically. It helps to develop their public speaking skills, their writing skills, they have to defend their ideas, they have to explain, they have to write so it’s very very good for them. Every young person should be exposed to a challenge of this sort because it helps them to develop as an individual.”
We share with you a snippet of the presentation from Ocean Academy High School.
The six participating schools Ecumenical College, Excelsior High School, Ocean Academy, Belmopan Baptist, Sacred Heart College and Edward P. Yorke.