Millennium Promise Alliance in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service and the Civil Society Organisations Platform on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the auspices of the Sustainable Development Policy Centre invite interested Senior High Schools in Ghana to participate in the National Competition on SDGs. The Competition forms part of the Rolling Information (I) Communication (C) and Education (E) on the SDGs campaign which was launched on 12th June, 2019 at the University of Ghana.

All senior high schools in Ghana are eligible to apply

STAGE 1

Interested Senior High schools both public and private are expected to register online and subscribe to our SDG pledge in the sections below

STAGE 2

The Schools must choose interested individuals or teams (maximum of 5) to register for participation. Each participating school is expected to present one person or team to work on any of the 17 SDGs.

STAGE 3

Schools are expected to enter the contest by presenting abstracts on their chosen work in any of the following forms:

• Essay • Painting • Video and audio recordings • Sketches/cartoons/comics • Poetry • Drama • Music • or any other creative work.

Abstracts should depict the individual or team’s understanding of the selected SDGs and proffer solutions towards achieving that specific SDG in their locality and or in Ghana at large.

Contestants must state clearly their target audience for the solution. The entries will be judged based on;

• Innovation • Originality • Target specificity • Solution-oriented interventions.

Applicants will be shortlisted for each goal category.

STAGE 4

Shortlisted finalists for each Goal will be required to present their complete abstract. A special essay on the topic “IF I WERE A MINISTER OF……” will be organized for finalists in the various categories.

The essay is expected to aid in assessing the contestants’ ability to use policy to influence the change they seek to achieve. Contestants will pick specific ministries under which they think their Goal and solution falls and state clearly how they will use that ministry to achieve their goal. This will be presented in person alongside their initial entry at the grand finale.

PRIZES

• Exchange program with UK/USA Universities
• Appearance at UN Assembly
• Scholarship in US and Ghana Universities
• Cash Prize and souvenirs.
• Appearance in SDG calendar album.
• School SDGs branding
• Stocking Library with SDGs info pack

Download the MPA SDGs Info Pack for more information on the SDGs HERE

THE PLEDGE

The 17 sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were Adopted by world leaders in September 2015. The shared global framework aims to bring an end to extreme poverty, inequality, and justice: address climate changes: protect the environment: and encourage good governance, peace, and security by 2030. The SDGs are a set of ambitious priorities that requires action beyond “business as usual”. Achieving the Goals requires all stakeholders to play their parts – governments, civil society, business, academia, schools, and youth – and to collaborate extensively. Poverty an inequality, weak governance, conflict and instability, lack of infrastructure and the depletion of our natural resources contribute to long-term and often irreversible problems and undermine the efforts of communities and societies to grow and prosper. As epicenters of learning, students have a critical role to play in addressing these critical global challenges and achieving the SDGs by 2030.

Hence, we the undersigned Students:

• Recognizing the enormous social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the world:

• Recognizing that future development must take place in a way that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable:

• Recognizing that the SDGs establish an agenda for the achieving of sustainable development by 2030

• Affirming the urgent need to further strengthen and scale up Education for sustainable Development (ESD) in schools:

• Stressing the vitally important role that schools can play in achieving a sustainable future through teaching and operations;

Agree that we will:

• Support and promote the principles of the SDGs

• Contribute to the achieving of the SDGs by involving in major programs that are environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive

• Take interest and participate in the lessons that are taught on the SDGs

• Take advantage in educational opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to engage with the SDGs, and join the global movement to achieve the SDGs by 2030