Students from COBIS (Council of British International Schools)  schools around the world have spent the past academic year leading ground-breaking social action projects as part of the COBIS Global Social Leaders Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) competition.

Now, following an intense week of judging by our esteemed panel of judges, we are proud to announce that the winners of the Competition for 2017-18 are a team of students from Transylvania College, Romania.

Transylvania College’s oral history and development project ‘Revive the Nature Related Traditions!’ was judged to be of exceptional high standard both in terms of scope and impact. One member of our panel went as far as to comment that this group of student’s ‘approach is one that the United Nations could learn from – they highlight the importance of local indigenous knowledge and culture – which should in my opinion be embedded across the SDG agenda’.

The winner was publically announced at the 37th Annual COBIS Conference #COBIS 18. It was a joy to be able to present the student certificates to Paul Kenedy and Ciprian Ghisa, members of the Senior Leadership from Transylvania College.

“The bespoke and insightful feedback provided by Global Social Leaders was invaluable in helping their students to succeed, providing them with the reassurance they were on the right path and also gave useful steps on how to take the project forward” Paul Kenedy, Head of Secondary

The winning team have been given the choice to host a Global Social Leaders Catalyst programme at their school or participate in the GSL World Summit, a 14 day transformational leadership programme in August 2018 at a specially discounted rate.

All participants will receive certificates for their participation and an invitation to take their leadership skills to the next level by attending a Global Social Leaders residential training programme.

We hope that all the teams feel inspired and motivated by their involvement in this competition and use the expert feedback and recognition to build on the phenomenal work they have been doing over the past year. Please do look take a look at their final submissions by clicking here.

It was a very close competition, as all the entries were of such high-quality and covered a wide range of development goals and approaches to solving society’s problems.


The standard of projects entered is testament to the breadth of skills and global consciousness nurtured by these schools. It also demonstrates the power of engaging with the SDGs in a creative, experiential way – both for participating students and our community as a whole.  For what could be greater than teaching young people that they have the power to change the world in which they live to create a fairer and more just place for all. Every team that submitted a final project report should feel proud of their achievements and the impact their social action has had on the local community.

The SDG Competition is one part of our wider Global Social Leaders movement. If you are interested in understanding more about GSL please contact Feel inspired to take on the GSL Global Goals Challenge for 2018/19?

Register your school by clicking here.