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Design Challenge : Designing for Education (INDEX: & UNICEF)

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"INDEX: calls for faculty, students, and recent graduates to participate in the upcoming INDEX: Design Challenge, developed in close collaboration with and endorsed by UNICEF.
The INDEX: Design Challenge continues the legacy of the INDEX:?AIGA Aspen Design Challenge, in which hundreds of students from six continents participated. The theme of this second contest is Designing for Education.

INDEX: Director of Programs and Events Lise Vejse Klint explains the need for solutions:
“Creative design can be the solution to so many obvious problems of developing countries in educating their children most effectively.  A design challenge is an excellent way to get creative minds to produce their very best examples of solution-based design, since education is one of the ways out of poverty for developing countries.”

UNICEF Supply Division, Deputy Director, Hanne Bak Pedersen:“Education, especially education of girls, is critical to reduce poverty, lower child and maternal mortality, and roll back HIV/AIDS and other preventable disease.  Development programming in the last decade has made progress to reduce the gender gap in education, however the fact remains that for every 100 boys out of school, there are 122 girls.   Designing products and processes to improve education opportunities and learning outcomes is an exciting dimension towards achieving basic education for all children, and UNICEF is delighted that the next generation of designers is inspired by that commitment.”


Article image courtesy of UNICEF/Pirozzi


The INDEX: Design Challenge has three subthemes, combined with an open challenge: Improved Education Facilities, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Gender Parity in Education.

Improved Education Facilities can improve life in obvious ways by making school an enjoyable experience while increasing learning ability by improving attention.

Sanitation and Hygiene improve life of students with a healthier environment, thereby reducing illnesses and absences.

Gender Parity in Education should ensure that girls get the same opportunity to go to school as boys and thereby improve their lives through equal opportunities, eliminating gender disparity in education".

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