We launched several global educational projects focussing on one or more UN Global Goals. Each project was run during one month.
During this student-centred self-inquiry project, students explored, brainstormed, created, discussed, connected, presented and shared their findings via videos (asynchronous) and Skype sessions (synchronous). During webinars they were able to learn from real experts and they were able to find solutions and even take action.
All projects were endorsed by public figures and covered by media across 40 countries.
The Climate Action project
1000 schools - 98 countries
launched in Oct 2017, 2018 and 2019
During this project tens of thousands of students across 90 countries explore and brainstormed about the causes and effects of climate change, both locally and globally. During the project Irish schools were closed for the first time due to hurricanes and the participating school in Sierra Leone lost 2 students due to mud floods. Dr. Languell (Discovery Channel), Richard E. Hyman and Celine Cousteau (granddaughter from the famous captain) shared their expertise during a webinar. Read more.
Students came up with great inventions. Nigerian students aged 14 developed their own biomass plant, Canadian students 3D printed coral reefs, Indonesian students developed eco bricks, American students used aquaponics so their friends from Malawi were able to grow plants with 90% less water. Studens took action (which rarely happens in formal education) by planting trees, doing marches, creating murals, visiting prime ministers, etc.
During one day we launched our Climate Action Global Day to show the world our findings and concerns.
This project created a lot of impact and was supported by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Greenpeace, Discovery Channel, Microsoft Education, scientists and public figures. The project was covered by media in 35 countries.
launched in 2019
This initiative was part of the Climate Action Project. During 1 month students across 6 continents planted 1.1 Million trees which equals 27.505.368 kg (60.741.021 lbs) carbon dioxide absorption. Planting trees is proven to be an effective way to fight climate change. Read more.
The Innovation project
500 schools - 80 countries
launched in May 2018
During this project students had to focus on Innovation. How can we make our world sustainable and how can we use innovation for the best? Students had to create a prototype and had to submit their idea.
In the next stage students had to choose a SDG on which they wanted to focus. Via the website they were able to find students in other countries working on the same SDG so they were able to team up. They also focussed on ICT tools to be used in an innovative way and shared their expertise via videos and Skype.
This project was endorsed by Charlize Theron, OECD, CERN and many public figures and scientists
The Human Differences project
50 schools - 35 countries
launched in April 2017
SDG 4, 5, 10, 16
Why are people starting wars and building walls? Why are women not treated the same as men? What can we do to overcome the challenges some differences bring to our lives and our communities? How can we build bridges instead of invisible and literal walls between us?
In order to be better global citizens, students need to tackle big questions. Real world problem-solving and innovation skills are vital for being an active participant in the 21st Century. The goal of this student-centered global project is to provide an opportunity for students from 10+ countries in over six continents to construct their own knowledge about differences between people and to create a growth mindset about overcoming and most of all accepting those differences. Students will be encouraged to use their critical-thinking and reasoning skills to build deep knowledge about why differences exist, what effect they have on our lives and which criteria should be used to determine the value of things that separate us.
At the end of this project, the hope is that all participating students will take their newly self-constructed knowledge and transfer it to new situations in the future to help build bridges instead of walls and make our world a better place.
The Water project
10 schools - 10 countries
launched in Nov 2016
SDG 6, 14
More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. Project Water is a global collaboration between 10 schools from 6 continents in which students try to identify water issues and find solutions on local and global scale: water shortage and clean water, water pollution facts, health benefits of water and how we waste water.
The participating countries cover every part of the world, combining all kinds of religions, cultures and languages. The student will break boundaries and become multimedia journalists, creating videos and writing short articles about 5 different topics, on weekly base. This project meets all of the 6 21th Century Learning Skills.
Wai (pronounced 'why') is the Maori word for water, liquid, streams, rivers and ... tears. We decided to play with words and call this project "Wai Water".