Young Indian changemaker launches top educational program to promote innovation

Young Indian changemaker launches top educational program to promote innovation

Sankalp Mohan Sharma is a contributor of GYV working on sustainable development across the globe. His work focuses on climate change, water conservation and human rights. He has influenced thousands through his speeches at global organizations like the United Nations. Sankalp interviewed Agnishwar, the CEO of Ignite India, for GYV.

Agnishwar Jayaprakash is a young changemaker born and raised in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Agnishwar has been harvesting technology and innovation working on a social cause with a goal to give back to society. He is an international swimmer and currently holds six Indian national records in the sport.

In 2014, he took off on a journey inspired by former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam to empower youth across India through his innovative startup ecosystem known as Ignite India, which is now well-established in over 7,000 schools across the nation.

Agni's dad founded the Agni Foundation, a non-profit that works for the less privileged. Agni followed in his dad's footsteps, starting the Ignite India program in 2014 to "introduce and encourage entrepreneurship in Indian schools."

President Kalam launched Ignite in April 2015 in Chennai. In February 2017, the startup became officially recognized by the U.N. as one of the top educational movements focusing on innovation and technology for young student entrepreneurs.

Agni is a U.N. Youth Ambassador and a strong advocate who promotes youth action toward the 17 U.N. Social Development Goals. In 2015, he conceptualized and produced Ezham Arivu, a talent hunt TV show for students, to showcase innovation among school and college students.

In this interview, Agni spoke about his work and ideas on the U.N. 2030 Agenda. He also highlighted the importance of youth inclusion to achieve the U.N. goals for a more sustainable world.

Cover cartoon credit: Sergio Algeri/GYV

Video editor: Andrea Carsana

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