GSL Global Goals Competition

We are excited to invite schools to participate in the Global Social Leaders (GSL) Student Competition focused on the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

The aim of the competition is to develop students’ understanding of global citizenship and how to turn their ideas into reality. We support young people to develop and implement a project that helps to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals and join a global movement of socially conscious leaders.

The competition is free to enter, but requires schools to appoint a member of staff who will coordinate the competition within your school and act as our main point of contact.  We require schools to register before starting projects and for teams to submit projects for feedback before implementing them.

We want to ensure all projects are high quality and the GSL movement is fully supported by the school, therefore, we have created a number of resources to help you promote the programme as well as a project library with examples of past initiatives that excelled in the competition. Click the buttons below to access the support pages.

COMPETITION OVERVIEW

We are inviting schools to identify a teacher who will coordinate the competition internally.  We then ask students to register their teams. 

Once you have a school coordinator, we ask that each school registers.  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.

Following this, we ask that each team at the school registers their project. This is so that the students take ownership of their own progress. If you are a student who wishes to register a team, please make sure that your school has been registered. If it is not in the list, please provide a valid email address for a teacher at your school.

PARTICIPATION

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 17 years, however if you have students who are younger/older wishing to take part we will not exclude your participation. Teams of children under 13 must have a parent/guardian or teacher provide their email address. Please email social.leaders@future-foundations.co.uk if you have any questions about eligibility.

PRIZES

  • All participants (who submit a project report) will receive a named certificate
  • The winning team will receive GSL programme for their school up to the value of £10,000. This can be used either to fund a Catalyst programme for up to 20 participants, or for a group of students to attend the GSL World Summit (flights and visas not included).
  • In addition to the overall winner and finalist teams commendations will be awarded in the following categories, with selected teams receiving a special certificate and permanent feature on the GSL website. There will be a maximum of one commendation awarded per team:
    • Social Media Champions – for outstanding
      achievement in communications
    • Regional Standout Awards
    • Resilience Award – for outstanding
      achievement in overcoming adversity
    • Courage Award – in recognition of teams whose
      projects confront issues which are taboo or lead
      them to encounter local resistance
    • Impact Award
    • Collaboration Award – to recongnise teams which
      have forged lasting partnerships other organisations
  • All competition participants are entitled to a discounted place
    on other GSL programmes, including the World Summit.

PHASES

PHASE 1: IDEA GENERATION October 2019 to 31st January 2020

Submit your project plan for feedback. We encourage you to submit your plan as early as possible to maximise the time you have to implement your project.

Remember, the more time and effort you spend completing your submission the better your feedback will be! In previous years the projects that have performed best in the competition and delivered the most impressive impact have been those driven by teams that submitted very detailed and considered project plans.

The first 100 teams that submit their project plan will be invited to book a 15 minute video-coaching call with a member of the GSL Team to help launch their project.

We will provide bespoke written feedback and guidance for all teams that submit their project plan before the deadline. We will aim to provide feedback within 14 working days of submission. If you submit between 7th December – 3rd January then it may take longer due to our offices being closed for the Christmas period.

PHASE 2: PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION – October 2019 – April 2020

Implement your project plan and turn your ideas into reality. Share your project plan
and feedback report with a teacher before implementing your project. Be part of the GSL movement and join the conversation by following #gslgoals on social media.

Share your project journey and inspire other teams around the world by submitting a blog to be featured on the GSL website.

PHASE 3: FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE – 1st May 2020

Please read the following guidelines to understand what is required of you with regards to submitting your project. Your team is expected to submit the following:

  1. Written Report
  2. Digital Submission

Your report and digital submission should be a team effort and should clearly outline how your team’s project has met the Judging Criteria.

JUDGING CRITERIA

1: The team’s learning and knowledge gained
a) Share the learning they have had in their
team and skills developed
b) Demonstrate knowledge gained of their
community by their team
c) Understanding of the SDGs

2: The impact on others and the community
a) Measure and demonstrate the impact
made by the team’s project on the SDG(s)
they have selected
b) Number of students, people and
organisation(s) involved or impacted
c) Number of students and hours spent
on the project

3: Special Recognition
a) Involving other people and partners
in their projects
b) Created a project that is sustainable

Registration for 2019/2020 is now open

You can now register to take part in the GSL Global Goals Competition in 2019-2020 in two simple steps.

Step 1 – School Registration
Step 2 – Project Team Registration

Please note that if your school took part in the competition last year you do not have to go through the registration process again. We only ask for new schools and new teams to register.

How to upload videos on YouTube.
How to complete your Final Submission.
How to upload videos on Vimeo.

REGISTRATION

We are inviting schools to identify a teacher who will coordinate the competition internally.  We then ask students to register their teams. 

Once you have a school coordinator, we ask that each school registers.  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.

Following this, we ask that each team at the school registers their project. This is so that the students take ownership of this own progress. If you are a student who wishes to register a team, please make sure that your school has been registered. If it has not in the list, please provide a valid email address for a teacher at school.

GSL | WORLD SUMMIT

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.

REGISTRATION FOR 2019 NOW OPEN

GSL | CATALYST

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 | INSPIRE

GSL Inspire gives young people a voice and a platform to present about issues and projects they care about.

During our programmes, our participants are invited to prepare a short presentation to share with fellow delegates.

We invite our partner schools to hold GSL Inspire events within their schools.