UNICEF India Current Affairs - 2020

‘The Gandhian Challenge’: launched by AIM, Atal Tinkering Labs and UNICEF India

On the occasion of 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog’s Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and UNICEF India, including Generation Unlimited, launched ‘The Gandhian Challenge’ for school children. This innovation challenge provides a platform for every child across India to ideate innovative solutions for a sustainable India of their dreams, using Gandhi’s principles.

About The Gandhian Challenge’

Objective: To support children to thrive as young innovators and entrepreneurs.

Problem statement for Gandhian Challenge is– ‘Share your innovative solutions or ideas to create a futuristic and sustainable world of your dreams, following Gandhi’s principles.’

The contest celebrates 70 years of partnership between Government of India and UNICEF India to enable Every Right for Every Child. It is open for every child in India from 2-20 October 2019.

Through this partnership, AIM and UNICEF would recognize every child’s ability and right to voice their dreams for a world of their choice, following Gandhi’s principles.

Broad Categories through which ideas and solutions to Gandhian Challenge may be expressed: Art & Innovation (Letters, poems, painting, videos and photos, among others) and Science, Technology & Innovation (Robotics, IoT, sensors and 3D printers, among others).


The winners of The Gandhian Challenge will be awarded in New Delhi by NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission and UNICEF on the occasion of Children’s Day on 14 November 2019.

The most innovative, sustainable ideas/solutions will be showcased as a symbol of a larger movement by children taking root in every district of India. Also, Children across India can access to over 8000 Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) across all districts to support their innovative ideas. In ATLs, 6th to 12th class students can acquire a problem-solving attitude, develop innovative solutions leveraging technologies like 3D printers, robotics, miniaturised electronics, Internet of Things (IOT) and programming and DIY kits, with support from teachers and mentors.

About UNICEF India and Generation Unlimited:

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is an integral part of United Nations. It is guided by Convention on the Rights of the Child. It works with governments, civil society organizations, communities, private sector, and other partners worldwide to advance children’s rights.

Generation Unlimited: It is a new UNICEF-led global partnership that aims to ensure that every young person age 10-24 is in some form of learning, school, self-employment, training, or age-appropriate employment by 2030. It seeks to co-create and scale up proven solutions related to secondary age-education, skills for learning, employability and decent work, and empowerment, with a focus on girls.

Athlete Hima Das appointed first Youth Ambassador of UNICEF India

India’s ace sprinter and Asian Games gold-medallist sprinter Hima Das was appointed as first ever youth ambassador of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) India. UNICEF India works with central government to ensure that each child born in country gets best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential.

Hima Das

She was born 9 January 2000 at Kandhulimari village near Dhing Town of Nagaon district, Assam. Her parents are rice farmers. She was the first Indian athlete to win gold medal in track event at IAAF World U20 Championships held in Tampere, Finland. In 2018 Asian Games (Jakarta), she had won silver medal in 400 m final to win a silver medal. She is nicknamed ‘Dhing Express’ after her village in Assam. In September 2018, she was appointed as Sports Ambassador of Assam to inspire budding players of northeastern state to aim big and young generation to take up sports seriously. She is also working with Indian Oil Corporation in Guwahati as HR officer.

Medals won in 2018 Asian Games

  • Gold medal: Women’s 4 × 400 metres relay along with M. R. Poovamma, Sarita Gayakwad and V. K. Vismaya.
  • Silver medal: Mixed4 × 400 metres relay along with Muhammed Anas, M. R. Poovamma and Arokia Rajiv.
  • Silver medal: Women’s 400 m individual race (time: 50.79). She had set national record by clocking 51.00 to qualify for the 400 metre final.