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.



Project briefs will be released on Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Each team will 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 to October 2017

During this phase we will provide feedback on project ideas

2) Project Implementation

October 2017 to March 2018

Teams implement their project plans and turn their ideas into reality

3) Competition Submission

March 2018

Team reflection and submision of evidence of impact

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 the COBIS GSL Catalyst Programme in China, December 2018
    • 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

To find out more, we are inviting schools to identify a teacher who will coordinate the competition internally.  

The competition will launch in early September 2017, with the release of the project challenges. Registered schools will be the first to receive the information. Lead teachers should therefore register to confirm your interest in the competition.  During registration you can also ask any questions you have about the competition.


This is a prestigious annual 12-day residential programme at Wellington College in the UK.  Find out more about how you can reserve your place on the programme you’ll never forget.


Catalysts are our three- or five-day semi-residential programmes held in schools and colleges around the world.  Open to the public or specifically for your community: it’s entirely up to you.


GSL LaunchPad programmes are one day taster events, designed to develop your confidence, leadership and global understanding: the perfect stepping stone for the future

Enabling global action on a local scale,
GSL Societies are founded and run by GSL alumni.
Find out about GSL Societies near you or setting up your own.