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By Emmanuel Simpokolwe:

Lack of resources continues hindering young people with brilliant innovations from attaining their aspirations in the country, Save the Children Director of Operations Frank Mafulirwa has said.

He was speaking in Lilongwe when 10 young innovators were competing in the Future-M hackathon organised by Save the Children and Mzuzu E-hub.

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According to Mwafulirwa, if given a chance and support, young people can help in finding solutions to most of the problems the country is facing.

“We have brilliant youths who have no resources for them to take their ideas from one level to the next. Time has come for stakeholders to help them,” he said.

He said Save the Children believes in working with children and the youth by actively involving them in their activities, hence implementing the project.

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He said the initiative was aimed at finding solutions to the problems that children and young people are facing.

Mzuzu E-hub spokesperson Litines Chaima said the project challenged the youth to come up with innovations that will bring solutions to issues affecting children in the areas of climate change, disaster risk management, internet safety, youth voice as well as integrated case management

“This shows that the youth are willing to help in solving some challenges if given a chance,” she said.

During the pitching, a former Information Communication Technology (ICT) student at Daeyang University, Believer Umuragwa, outwitted nine other innovators with his machine on climate change and has won K3.5 million seed money to perfect his prototype into a real product.

According to Umuragwa, his innovation, which focuses on three areas of deforestation, poaching and wild violence, will be able to detect and alert people that are responsible for taking care of the environment, wildlife and forests on any illegal activity happening in the forest.

“The device detects sound and is able to analyse and come up with a conclusion that shows that a tree has been cut down or an animal is being killed and it sends an SMS that shows the exact place and time where the incident is taking place using Google map,” Umuragwa Said.

He said he did the research after noting rising cases of deforestation and the device, if perfected, will be able to deal with the vice and avoid poaching.

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