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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
Please register your story at challenge.dfcworld.org
The Teacher / Mentor will be required to submit the project.
You can submit your entry in any one of the following formats.
A completed online submission form. Along with a maximum of 16 photographs.
A completed online submission form. Along with a video not longer than 3 minutes
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.
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.
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
Registration deadline for the 9th I CAN School Challenge is August 31st, 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/
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.
To edit the basic information about your story, click on ‘Update’ on your account home page.
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.