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Innovations of Youths during the lockdown through #GumaMurugoYouthChallenge

The Government of Rwanda has put in place a number of measures to fight against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 21st, all citizens were requested to stay at home with minimum movement to only provide or seek essential services.

In this realm, the Ministry of Youth and Culture (MYCULTURE) in partnership with United Nations for Development Programme (UNDP) introduced ‘#GumaMurugoYouthChallenge’ to sensitize youth to inspire peers with useful tips on how to make proper use of #StayatHome time, as well as benefit from youthful talents/innovative minds to acquire innovative tools that facilitated the awareness to curve the spread of COVID-19.

Targeting the youth age range (16-30 years), the challenge has been conducted in any official language of Rwanda (Kinyarwanda, Swahili, French and English) through different communication facilities to reach both urban and rural youth.

Youth were allowed to record a video (2min max) that demonstrates different activities that they are currently performing to upskill their learning capabilities (digital learning, gardening, cooking, various crafts), remain healthy, provide virtual support/services to others, among others.

A number of submissions were made on social media using #GumaMurugoYouthChallenge and tagging the accounts of the ministry and YouthConnekt Rwanda.


Mr. Aime Didier a youth from @NyanzaDistrict participated in #GumaMuRugoYouthChallenge. He was busy working on a prepaid water meter application.


DUFATANYE Jean Claude 19, a student at Groupe Scolaire Kirehe level 3 joined #GumaMuRugoYouthChallenge showcasing his ongoing project of making drones.