City girl’s innovation features in Unicef report

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 10:47 IST

City girl Bisman Deu (16) has been featured in the latest Unicef report, which highlights children’s innovations across the world, for her idea of using rice waste to prepare construction material.

Deu, a Class-11 student of Strawberry Fields High School (SFHS), Sector 26 here, was invited as the keynote speaker for the pre-launch of the publication held at the Unicef House in New York, USA, on November 19.

The report ‘State of the World’s Children – Re-imagine the future: Innovation for Every Child’ lauded students’ creativity, and called for joint effort by governments, professionals, activists and communities to tackle pressing problems facing children.

An elated Deu, who is in New York, said, “There are so many young inventors across the globe, even in the remotest corner, who are committed to changing the world for children.”

“Nations have different problems, and each individual has different solutions. We need to learn from each others’ experiences, and work together as a global community.”

Strawberry school director Atul Khanna said, “An active member of the SFHS student community as well as the school’s student council, Bisman has made her school proud with the achievement.”

Other innovations featured include Solar Ear — world’s first rechargeable hearing aid charger — developed to meet the needs of communities lacking regular access to electricity(Botswana/Zimbabwe); community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and urine-powered generator to help those without regular access to electricity (Nigeria).

Unicef executive director Anthony Lake said, “In our ever-more connected world, local solutions can have global impact, benefiting children in every country who still face inequity and injustice. For innovation to benefit every child, we have to be rethinking the way we foster and fuel new ideas to solve our oldest problems.”

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