They will shape their own future

01 Jun 2009

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It seems as though the anxities felt during preparation for university entrance exams by the hearing-impaired are finally about to end thanks to the E-HEAR project, one of the winners of the Development Marketplace Competition organised by the World Bank with support from the UNDP and the Center for Youth Services.

New Horizons - By preparing electronic materials, the E-HEAR project aims to develop solutions to ensure greater participation in higher education for hearing-impaired young individuals so that they can build stronger bridges with society enabling them to receive better education at the university level and open new doors for employment by coming up with concrete suggestions towards the problems of the hearing impaired students in higher education.

20 projects will recieve funds

Altogether 791 proposals were submitted for the competition. After a two round selection process, 80 proposals that fell under the theme of "Youth in Turkey: Shaping our Future" were selected to make it to the finals. 20 projects were finalised by the Jury to receive seed funding to implement their creative ideas in an award ceremony held at Istanbul Bilgi University’s Sutluce Cultural and Congress Center.

The projects which will receive grants are listed below:

1.   

(E-Hear) Preparation of Electronic Materials for Developing and Supporting the Higher Education (HE) Opportunities of The Hearing Impaired

Association of Center for Development of The

Hearing Impaired

Ankara

2.   

To Make a Living on Salt

Group SALT

Çankırı

3.   

From Campus To Work

Antalya Commodity Exchange

Antalya

4.   

Health Bridge

Anatolian Health Volunteers

İstanbul

5.   

Young Social Entrepreneur Leaders Academy (GSGLA)

MentorCoach

İstanbul

6.   

Hybrid Engine Technology Training

Union of Chambers of Tradesmen and Artisans Vocational Training Center Directorate and Anatolian Technical Secondary School

Manisa

7.   

From Switchboard To Call Center

Independent Life Group

Ankara

8.   

Web Pages Accessible by the Visually Impaired

Accessible Web Group

Ankara

9.   

Secondary School Guidance Unit Supporting the Career Vision of Youth!

Voley Group

İstanbul

10.   

You Can Do It!

Young Disabled Sports Club

Adana

11.   

Young Farmers Coming Up in Thrace

Tema Thrace Agricultural Cooperative

Tekirdağ

12.   

Young Women Entrepreneurs

Modern Women And Youth Foundation

Ankara

13.   

Photography Training for the Hearing Impaired

AFSAD - Association of Photograph Artists of Ankara

Ankara

14.   

Handicraft of Youth: Zeugma Miniature Carpet Production Workshop

Gaziantep Social Service Youth Project Team

Gaziantep

15.   

Face-Internship

Youth Agenda Association

Ankara

16.   

Think Purple!

TOG – Community Volunteers Foundation

İstanbul

17.   

Dance of Young Hearts

Hilal Kavafoğlu & Nermin Çalkaner Turgut Project Group

Kayseri

18.   

Protection and Sustainable Use of Resources: Future for Youth in Rural Areas

Sagala-Sun

Burdur

19.   

My School is at Authorized Service Provider

Birmot

İzmir

20.   

Money Coaches: Innovative Financial Literacy Program for Youth

Project Group: Özgür Alaz – Talip Taştemel

İstanbul

Development Marketplace (DM) is a competitive grant program administered by the World Bank and supported by various partners that identifies and funds innovative, early-stage projects with high potential for development impact. DM competitions – held at the global, regional and country level – attract ideas from a range of innovators, including civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, academia and businesses. DM has awarded more than $54 million in grants, supporting projects through their proof of concept phase. Using DM funding as a launching pad, projects often go on to scale up or replicate elsewhere, winning prestigious awards within the sphere of social entrepreneurship.

This year, in the regional competition open to all Turkish Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and project groups, the World Bank and its partners Union of Chambers of Commerce and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, JICA, Pearson, TEPAV, Renaissance Construction, The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Koç Holding, VISA, Akbank, Businessweek/Infomag, Microsoft, CNBCe, Bilgi University, UNDP and TOBB-Cisco Institute have awarded start-up funds to ideas that test new approaches to Youth in Turkey: Shaping Our Future following the momentum created in the area of youth by UNDP’s National Human Development Report (NHDR) “Youth in Turkey”. The objective of the Competition was to help mobilize the creativity and energy of young people in Turkey by raising awareness of the great opportunities and challenges facing them highlighted in the NHDR.

The previous regional competiton in Turkey titled Social Progress – Inclusion on the Road to Europe was held in 2005 and about $100 thousand was awarded to 23 winners.

For more information about the Development Marketplace Competition, please refer to the World Bank’s related website.