In a strategy to equip African youth with transformative competencies, Green Growth Africa unfolds the ‘EcoHeroes Initiative’ for 2023/2024 tailored specifically for Secondary School Students across the continent.
This empowers African youth to employ their academic understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and Arts to architect solutions for environmental and societal quandaries within their indigenous communities.
The EcoHeroes Initiative is committed to nurturing a generation proficient in devising solutions to contemporary challenges, contributing to creating a 21st-century green workforce.
The initiative accentuates practical and learner-centric environmental education, cultivating effective participation, leadership, and ownership amongst students throughout the program’s lifecycle.
A Vision for Sustainable Development
The initiative welcomes applications from across Africa, challenging students to discern environmental adversities within their communities and ideate solutions pivoting around three thematic pillars:
- Sustainable Energy
- Sustainable Transportation
- Climate Change
Students are invited to conceptualize and apply their theoretical STEM knowledge to launch pioneering solutions addressing Africa’s environmental and socioeconomic necessities.
Benefits and Opportunities
Selected teams will reap numerous benefits, including:
- Mentorship from international and local experts to refine and implement the project.
- Capacity development through critical thinking, hands-on project execution, and online webinar presentation and training.
- Specialized training for coordinating teachers on Education for Sustainable Development.
- Project funding of up to 400 USD for new schools and 200 USD for preceding beneficiaries.
- Certificates of participation and recognition, along with letters of recommendation for standout teachers.
- A platform to share project outcomes globally.
- Access to global visibility and publicity via #GreenGrowthAfrica and its partners.
- Post-completion monetary awards for the top three EcoHeroes Clubs demonstrating innovation and impact.
Eligibility and Application
To be eligible, student teams must hail from Secondary schools in any African country, including past participants and EcoHeroes Clubs.
Each team should comprise at least ten (10) students and a coordinating teacher, with a 50% representation of girls, subject to the school’s nature.
The projects, revolving around the three thematic areas, should reflect innovation, creativity, and green skills, with a completion timeline of 3 to 4 months.
Interested and eligible teams are invited to:
- Complete the online application.
- Provide a letter of support from the school’s management.
- Prepare a detailed pitch deck and a work plan outlining the project idea.
For additional information, please visit EcoHeroes Initiative.
The deadline for this golden opportunity is October 15, 2023
The EcoHeroes Initiative 2023/2024 is a step towards materializing the objectives of sustainable and ecological development in Africa.
It is a beacon of hope and a gateway of opportunities for young minds to make a significant difference in their communities and the world.
All young visionaries should embrace this chance and shape a greener, more sustainable future.
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