We are excited to invite COBIS member schools to participate in the inaugural Global Social Leaders (GSL) Student Competition focused on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The aim of the competition is to develop students’ understanding of global citizenship and how to turn their ideas into reality.

If your school is not a member of COBIS, click here to enter our non-COBIS school competition.  Please note this has a different timeline.

Following registration we will send your school the competition guidelines and brief.  

Each team will then decide what project they want to do (focused on addressing/achieving one or more of the SDGs), and will have the opportunity to submit their plans for feedback from Future Foundations prior to implementation.

We want to support your students to deliver high quality projects.

1) Idea Generation

September 6th to 31st January 2019

From 6th September your team can submit your project plan for feedback.  During this phase we will provide feedback on project ideas – the deadline for submitting your ideas for feedback is 1st December 2018.  After this date, we will still accept registrations but may not be able to provide feedback on your project plans.

2) Project Implementation

September 2018 to April 2019

Teams implement their project plans and turn their ideas into reality.  Teams can start their projects anytime from September onwards.  We welcome teams to join up until January 2018.

Before you start, we encourage your team to submit your project plan for feedback from our team, click here to submit.

We will provide resources and guidance and will be on hand to provide further feedback as you develop and implement your projects.

Please ensure your school is registered and you have a teacher who is overseeing your team.  We will be sharing a regular bulletin with all registered teachers and will send project feedback to your teacher to share with you.

3) Competition Submission

Deadline: 27th April 2019

Team reflection and submission of evidence of impact

We will provide you with further details to all registered schools and students on how to submit your project report

Participants in the competition will work in a team of between 3 and 7 students (self-selecting).

The competition is aimed at students aged 11 to 16 years in the 2017-18 academic year, however if you have students who are younger/older wishing to take part we will not exclude your participation.

  • The winning team will be invited to attend a COBIS GSL Catalyst Programme
    • Prize excludes travel expenses and is limited to up to 7 students
    • Participants in this programme are entitled to a discounted place on our other GSL programmes
  • All participants will receive a named certificate at the end of the programme
  • All submissions received on time will receive feedback on their projects

We are inviting schools to identify a teacher who will coordinate the competition internally.  

Once you have a school coordinator, we ask that each school registers.  The competition begins early September 2018. Registered schools will receive an information pack with further detail on the competition. Lead teachers should therefore register to confirm your participation in the competition. During registration you can also ask any questions you have about the competition.

If your school is not a member of COBIS, click here to enter our non-COBIS school competition.  Please note this has a different timeline.



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