Green Growth Africa 2023 The EcoHeroes Initiative for African Students

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Green Growth Africa Sustainability Network (#GreenGrowthAfrica); formerly – International Support Network for African Development, is a UNEP-accredited non-governmental organization that is committed to innovation, development, and implementation of ‘greened’ socio-economic development solutions to address Africa’s development challenges.

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Green Growth Africa operates an interdisciplinary network of experienced professionals, researchers and students across the globe who are committed to the realisation of a socially-inclusive economic growth and development path that is low-carbon, climate-resilient, and resource-efficient; maintains and enhances biodiversity and ecosystems.
In a bid to empower African youths with action competencies through the acquisition and application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in addrrealizationessing environmental and social challenges within their local communities and raising a new generation of 21st century green workforce who are skilled at developing solutions to 21st-century challenges, #GreenGrowthAfrica is implementing the ‘EcoHeroes Initiative’.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Each secondary school will be represented by a team comprising of at least five (5) students and a coordinating teacher (more students and teachers are allowed depending on the nature of their project). Applications are welcome from any African country.
  • Each team is expected to identify Sustainable Energy; Sustainable Aviation; and Climate Change challenges in their local (or global) communities, brainstorm and propose an idea of how they could address the challenge or meet the need.
  • Only innovative and inspiring project ideas on sustainable energy, sustainable aviation and climate change will be considered. Project ideas must also express and give room for creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and other green skills.

Benefits of Green Growth Africa The EcoHeroes Initiative

  • Each selected team will receive;
  • Mentorship support from international and local experts as technical advisors to refine and help with the implementation of the project through quality mentorship and advisory.

    (Please note: Student teams with innovative project ideas on sustainable aviation may have members of staff of Pratt & Whitney – a U.S-based Aviation company as Advisors, subject to evaluations)

  • Capacity development through critical thinking, hands-on project implementation, online webinar presentation and training
  • Up to USD 500 funding for the implementation of project idea for all selected teams. The ideas will be innovative projects that connect sustainable energy, sustainable aviation and/or climate action with other themes of development and livelihood (such as health, poverty, etc). Project ideas that include outdoor activities are strongly encouraged. Please, note that the implementation of the projects should be between 3-6 months
  • Certificate of participation
  • Opportunity to share their projects with other secondary school students across the globe
  • Leverage on the global visibility and publicity of #GreenGrowthAfrica, NAAEE, and Pratt & Whitney
  • At the completion of the projects, additional monetary prize will be awarded to the top three “EcoHeroes” Clubs with the most innovative and impactful projects to support the operation of their club after the completion of their projects sponsored within EcoHeroes Initiative.
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Timeline

  • Deadline for applications (Batch 1): January 20, 2023 (11:59HRS GMT+1)
  • Deadline for applications (Batch 2): January 27, 2023 (11:59HRS GMT+1), subject to availability of funds after the consideration of applications from Batch 1 applications

Documents Required for Application

  • Letter of support: A letter from the school’s management expressing its support for school’s team participation in the programme, and the commitment of the school to the operation and sustainability of the club, “EcoHeroes” after the completion of project funded within EcoHeroes Initiative. The letter should also indicate that the school has/will provide electricity access and internet access as well as a projector and camera for quality and short video recordings.

How to Apply

Go to Green Growth Africa on thegreengrowth.org to apply

The main deadline for the programme is generally January 20, 2023 (11:59HRS GMT+1) – Batch 1. However, the window for a second deadline (Batch 2) was defined, given that some schools might have embarked on holidays. Nonetheless, the admission of batch 2 will be subject to availability of funds after the evaluation of Batch 1 applications. Therefore, early application is encouraged.

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