The All-India SDG Innovation Challenge for Schools was a virtual ideathon that motivated schools and schoolchildren to become the primary engines of positive change by designing practical solution ideas for challenges faced in their local communities at the grassroots level, using their ingenuity in arts, science and technology.
This five-month-long ideathon involved 20 private and 20 government schools collaborating to identify a challenge in their local communities and design a solution idea(s) that could transcend into tangible action to advance the SDGs.
Each team comprised five students from a private (P) school and five students from a government (G) school, led by two teachers (1P +1G) as mentors. The role of the mentors was to advise and guide the team members in achieving the set objectives.
There were ten SDG advocates who shared their expertise to guide two teams each for the entire duration of the challenge.
A jury comprising eminent members from different walks of life who had contributed towards advancing an SDG in India ran periodic checks on the progress of the 20 teams.
Teams presented their final solution ideas to the jury in March 2022.
THE JURY MEMBERS
Ms Abhilasha Singh
Principal, Shining Star
International School, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Brig (Dr) B.K. Khanna, SM, VSM
Lead Senior Consultant,
FICCI and CEO ARISE INDIA
Mr Douglas Ragan
PMO, Specialist in Children
and Youth, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi
Ms Kalyani Rao
HOD, International SDG Research
and Development Training, IIU
Mr Nixon Joseph
Former President & COO,
Dr Rakshit Tandon
Cyber Security Expert,
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