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The stories submitted for the School Challenge undergo an intensive Jury process for evaluation. The DFC Jury comprises of accomplished designers and social entrepreneurs from all across the globe.
So what is the jury is looking for?
Stories led by Children
Create spaces for children that are conducive to open dialogue. That is how children are able to give voice to their opinions and ideas. This also enables them to explore and break down complex challenges.
Focus on the User
The judges also look for evidence of children engaging with their community to understand different peoples’ needs and perspectives while dealing with the challenge at hand. Greater insight leads to better solutions.
Thinking beyond the Obvious
Generate a large variety of ideas, and select those that directly fulfil the needs of the people the children are designing change for. Students should try to think beyond obvious answers like raising money or conducting a rally.
Know the Impact
It is important for the children to go out and collect feedback and reviews from the community once their act of change has been completed. Outcomes are important!
The Change within
At the end, the judges like to see how the children have evolved their understanding and attitude towards the problem by talking, drawing and writing about it.
Quality of Sharing
There are points allotted for communicating our learnings and sharing the story of change with as many people as possible in as many different ways as possible.
The DFC Jury goes through each and every entry in detail, and marks it on the basis of:
Feel: Demonstration of the understanding of others’ needs.
Tip: Show the different ways the children went about doing it for higher scores.
Imagine: Connecting needs to ideas.
Tip: Share a broad range of relevant ideas for higher scores.
Do: Successful implementation of the vision.
Tip: Did the team implement their ideas? Show how they did it for higher scores.
Share: Successful implementation of the vision.
Tip: Highlight the impact on the community, the children’s own lives and other unexpected positive results for higher scores.
These considerations help the Jury select 200 stories that go through to Stage 2 of the evaluation process.
The DFC Jury meets at the Riverside School, Ahmedabad for two days to go through the two hundred stories and select the Top 100 stories.
This is a very intense selection process and each jury member goes through the stories several times before the final Winners List is prepared.
Create the perfect Story of Change with tips from Ex – Jury Members
Who should Submit?
The Teacher / Mentor will be required
to submit the project.
How to Submit?
You can submit your entry
in any one of the following formats.
BE THE CHANGE
And get a chance to travel the world!
BTC 2017 – SPAIN
Organized annually, the ‘Be the Change’ (BTC) Conference provides the winners from the I CAN School Challenge an opportunity to represent not just themselves and their school, but India, with their winning Story of Change. One student team per country attends the BTC Conference at a rotating location around the world.
A Platform for your Ideas
An invaluable learning experience, the BTC celebration gives our winning team of young superheroes a platform to express themselves and showcase their talents and ideas, while also bringing prestige to their school and families. The event honours and recognizes these young agents of change for their courage and determination to change the world around them.
An Experience like no other
As the celebrations bring together young change agents from across the world, giving them the opportunity to not just share their stories but, at the same time, learn from each other. The atmosphere at the celebrations generates positivity, inspires and motivates every participant, creating a real sense of possibility of the changes that our children can bring about in the world.
The 2018 celebration will be held in Taiwan
Celebrating 10 Years of Saying I CAN!
The DFC I CAN School challenge is enabled by the very generous support of Parle G, the world’s largest selling biscuit. Parle G, a widespread and incredibly inclusive brand found abundant merit in supporting the idea of children creating change. Parle G has its outreach even in the most far flung areas of India, much like DFC. Both have managed to touch lives of lakhs of children and adults across India and brought smiles to their faces.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Registration deadline for the 9th I CAN School Challenge is August 15th, 2017. The submission deadline is October 2nd, 2017. If you submit after 2nd October, your story will be considered for next year’s School Challenge. To register for the Challenge, please visit: http://challenge.dfcworld.com/
Yes, you need to register again. Although, you can use the same account this year also. If you have forgotten the password, you may click on the ‘Forgot password’ link and a new password will be sent to your email id. Please complete the registration process by logging in to your account using your username and password from the previous year, after which you will be asked to fill in the basic information about the story on the first page i.e. Story title etc.
Don’t worry if you’ve not already started working on the project and don’t have all the details asked on the registration page. You could fill in anything for the time being. You can come back and make changes in the information columns anytime later, before submitting.
We recommend that a core team of 5 students work on one story of change. However, this team of 5 can involve the entire class or school in their story of change
The recommended age for participation is between 8 and 13 years (Classes 3 and 8). However, we also welcome participation from older students who are interested. If students older than the recommended age group are participating, kindly mention that in your submission.
Submissions are done using the Challenge portal. Once you have registered, you can use your account to submit a story.
You can either submit a photo story, or a video story. In case of a photo story, you will be required to upload 4 pictures for each of the four steps – Feel, Imagine, Do and Share. For a video story, you will need to upload your video on YouTube and paste the link to your video on our Challenge portal. The video should not be more than 3 minutes long. Please remember to make your video public, when you upload it on YouTube.
Sign into YouTube.
Click the ‘Upload’ button at the top of the page.
Before you start uploading the video, you can choose the video privacy settings. Make sure you choose to make your video public, so that it is visible to everyone.
Click ‘Publish’ to finish uploading your video.
Copy the link of your video and paste it onto the given space, on the DFC Challenge Portal.
Yes, you are required to submit four photos for each of the four steps – Feel, Imagine, Do, And Share. For a video story, the duration of the video cannot be more than 3 minutes.
You do not have to complete the story submission process in one sitting. At any time during the submission process, you can log out. However, it is important that you click on the ‘Save’ button at the bottom of the page, before logging out.
Yes, you can. There is no limit on the number of stories a school/organization can submit. You can also submit all your stories of change using one account.
Once you have started a story submission, you will see an option, ‘Start a New Story’ on the top left corner of your account home page. Using that button, you can start and submit as many new stories as you like.
To move forward with/ complete a story submission, click on the hyperlink under ‘Story Type’ on your account home page
How do I update the basic information about my story, for instance, changing the story title or adding on to the story description?
To edit the basic information about your story, click on ‘Update’ on your account home page.
How do I update basic Information about my school / organisation, for instance, changing the given E-mail ID, address etc.?
To edit the basic information about your school / organization, click on ‘Update Profile’ on your account home page
At the bottom of every page, there will be an option to save or go to the Next step. Please click on ‘Save’ to save your submission, before you log out.