Sustainable Minds Competition

Global Compact Network Lebanon in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE), hosted the closing ceremony of the 2nd edition of “Sustainable Minds” at Hostler Auditorium, AUB. The competition aimed at introducing Lebanese school students to the 10 UN Global Compact principles and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and reinforcing the students’ responsibility towards society and the environment. Participating students were asked to submit a 2 to 3 minutes video using their creativity and imagination to demonstrate their understanding of one of the 10 UNGC principles and relate to one or more of the 17 goals.

A great number of students, academics, private and public sector representatives were convened to discover the winners of the competition.

The ceremony started by a welcoming remark by Ms. Jamal Baghdadi, Director of Secondary Education at the Ministry, who explained the importance of interacting with both public and private schools in Lebanon and raising awareness about sustainability at a young age.

Dr.Dima Jamali, GCNL’s president, addressed the crowd by highlighting the importance of sustainability in today’s world, “we believe that by raising awareness we can empower students while sensitizing them to the civic education component and contributing to the welfare of society at large.”

The remarks were followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mrs. Dina Harake, Executive Director at GCNL, with three inspirational celebrities, Ms.Tania Kassis Founder and President of ONE Lebanon, Mr. Georges Khabbaz, Stage Director and Producer and Mr.Silvio Chiha, Professional Athlete. Each celebrity touched on a specific topic based on their particular experience and addressed a message to the students, emphasizing the idea that one should always have passion for what they do to succeed.

Launched in February, the competition managed to receive submissions from more than 50 private and public schools across Lebanon. Representatives from different sectors served as judges, who graded the teams and picked the first three winners.

La Cime 3 School was ranked first with a video addressing the issue of climate change in Lebanon. The second prize was attributed to Hammana High School students that tackled the issue of Human Rights. Finally, the third place was awarded to Maroun Abboud students with a video highlighting the importance of addressing bullying problems in Lebanon, and especially in schools.

The winners received valuable prizes for their respective schools as well as personal vouchers from Virgin Megastore.

GCNL is eager to engage more schools from both public and private schools in its upcoming events to continue the successful path of raising awareness on the 10 principles and the SDGs among the youth.