Eligibility criteria:

  • • Must be a team of between 2 - 5 people
  • • All team must be between the ages 18 - 30
  • • If you are submitting a digital solution, your team must consist of one App or website developer

Eligibility requirements of proposal:

  • • Must be a social entrepreneurial solution for transforming education in Egypt
  • • Must directly correspond to supporting the achievement of SDG 4
  • • Must have an implementation plan of one year

Judging criteria

The proposed solution empower the targeted population to take positive action toward achieving the solution.

The proposed solution is social-entrepreneurship focused.

The solution contributes to gender equality or women empowerment .

The nature of the SDG the solution is contributing to.

Guidance Note for Submission of Proposal


The theme of IYD is transforming education, therefore the focus of the competition will be on SDG 4 is: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. IYD this year will therefore showcase what the current efforts being made by stakeholders with regards to transforming education as a pivotal tool for achieving the 2030 Agenda.

Indeed, education is a development multiplier as it plays a pivotal role in accelerating progress across all 17 SDGs, be it poverty eradication (SDG 1), good health (SDG 3), gender equality (SDG 5), decent work and growth (SDG 8), reduced inequalities (SDG 10), action on climate (SDG 13) or peaceful societies (SDG 16).

The crucial role that quality education plays in youth development is well recognized. In addition, comprehensive youth development benefits society-at-large. However, what is less known is the fact that young people themselves are active champions of inclusive and accessible education. Youth-led organizations, as well as individual youth, together with various stakeholders and Governments, are concretely transforming education so that it becomes a fundamental tool both for sustainable development and for the full inclusion of various social groups.

Primary Objective

The primary objective of this competition is to foster positive and locally-driven solutions to social challenges. This year’s theme of International Youth Day is transforming education and so you are challenged to come up with an innovative and impactful digital or non-digital social-entrepreneurial solution for supporting the transformation of education in Egypt.

Social enterprises are defined as:

Having a primary social purpose, which is clearly stated as its core objective; Using a financially sustainable business model, with a realistic prospect of generating sufficient income to meet and exceed costs and of having a significant proportion of its income from earnings (as opposed to grants or donations); and Being accountable to its stakeholders, with an appropriate mechanism to ensure accountability to beneficiaries and to measure and demonstrate its social impact.

Current examples in Egypt include:

Educate Me: Here
RecyclobBekia: Here
Nafham: Here