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Limuru Girls bag innovative award

Limuru Girls High School has emerged winner of the Social Innovation Relay (SIR) after making a portable fishpond.

The portable fishpond aims to eradicate world hunger through regular fish supply.

The team, dubbed Aquatech Company, was among 6 student teams selected to participate in the final competition held at the University of Nairobi in October, 2022.

The competition initially attracted a total of 1000 teams from different schools across the country, 80 more than those that participated in 2021.

Speaking at the event, John Wali, Junior Achievement Kenya’s Chief Executive said the aim is to make children become more innovative.

“We are elated to be hosting the Social Innovation Relay once again. This year, we saw 1000 teams present their innovative ideas of which 6 teams developed a readymade product. We look forward to seeing which of the teams will emerge the winner today,” said Wali.

Last year’s winners, NOVA Pioneer Tatu Girls School, won the competition after coming up with an application that addresses mental health issues.

The team also scooped the Grand Prize for their innovation, “Project Yoof” in the 11th JA Africa Company of the Year Competition hosted by JA Mauritius. This year’s winners will represent Kenya in the Africa competitions which will take place in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2022.

The Social Innovation Relay is a national competition in which high school students are invited to submit their innovative ideas aimed at improving and making an impact in their communities.

The program also entails comprehensive mentorship sessions by experienced business mentors from organizations such as NCBA Bank.

NCBA has partnered with Junior Achievement Kenya for the past 17 years to promote entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy among high school and university students. The funding for the JA Social Innovation Challenge is part of NCBA’s commitment to supporting young people to acquire financial literacy, develop entrepreneurial skills, and create jobs that make communities more robust.

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