Over a three-year period, Misk Grand Challenges plans to launch new challenges every six months, offering 100 young innovators across the world a grant of $100,000 to develop their ingenious ideas into a concrete proof of concept.
What we are looking for
We are seeking innovators to devise and demonstrate ways to positively engage young people (under the age of 30) in Global Citizenship at scale and in depth.
A young person’s personal interaction with a social cause can easily turn into lifelong commitment. Youth who have had positive experiences in contributing to, for example, the struggle to end disease, tackle gender inequality or educate young people, close at hand, are likely to make sustained contributions to that cause. Flying young people around the world to see first-hand different challenges facing different groups achieves deep engagement, but is not scalable. At the other end of the spectrum is engagement that requires little effort but has little lasting impact on the person involved. This engagement has scale, but not depth.
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This challenge is about testing and implementing concepts and strategies to engage young people in efforts that will reduce inequality related to the first six Global Goals:
- Goal 1: No poverty
- Goal 2: Zero hunger
- Goal 3: Good health and well-being
- Goal 4: Quality education
- Goal 5: Gender equality
- Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
What we will consider funding:
- Address the Challenge by showing how they will lead to actions taken by young people that will positively impact one or more of the first six Global Goals.
- Outline concepts that have the potential to be scaled up.
- Focus on learning and gathering data and evidence about how to do positively engage youth by doing that effectively, rather than trying to go for scale or solely developing research.
- Have the potential for scale and depth at reasonable costs.
- Focus on a specific geography or community, but should link to efforts beyond that locality.<
- There are no geographic constraints as to where in the world proposals should be focused.
- Are entirely online and technology-based, or blended technology and face-to-face, or predominantly offline, with limited use of technology.
- Explain how the activities proposed will lead to the results expected, based wherever possible on experience and data
- Show how the proposed concept or program could in the future achieve the scale and depth of engagement with a clear set of measurements at the pilot stage.
- Describe the innovative approach captured by the concept. The initial pilot project must test the concept at some minimal scale that produces data upon which decisions for future funding could be made.
We are looking for new ideas that may just be in an ideation stage or may have been tested in a small scale already, but require up to US$100,000 to demonstrate their theory of change and potential for impact. Proposals that are selected to receive an initial funding of US$100,000 and go on to demonstrate success will receive further funding to scale up and impact lives across the world.
Ideas may cover one or more of the following areas that impact teaching and/or school leadership
- Reinventing the recruitment process how can schools attract the best people for the role? How are the people with the highest potential identified and selected?
- Transforming training and professional development how are new recruits prepared with essential basic skills? How is their craft further refined and enhanced over time? How is technology used to support growth? What other resources or tools be used to enhance development? How can mentoring and collaboration be leveraged more?
- Improving resources that support high-quality learning how can technology improve performance? How can teaching aids be transformed in line with learning 21st century skills? What other new resources can teachers leverage to improve lesson delivery?
- New forms of management how can new management systems and practices maximise performance? How can monitoring and incentives be effectively implemented?
- Any other area that drastically improves the performance of teachers and school leaders in line with the new competency-based curriculum of the future
What we will consider funding:
All proposals must
- Be aligned with the challenge outlined above and greatly improve teaching and/or school leadership
- Improve the quality of learning with regards to 21st century skills for children around the world
- Outline the design of the solution to clearly explain how it will work
- Have a plan for using the US$100,000 in 12-18 months to advance the solution.
- Have an implementation plan to ensure the solution is successfully delivered, including a plan for a strong leadership team and implementing organisation
- Have a logical path to scale to help millions of children in an efficient manner. This includes measures for maintaining a lean approach and replicating whilst maintaining quality
In addition, proposals will be prioritised if they:
- Are novel and deploy a unique approach or innovative method to solving the problem
- Have a path toward sustainability either through private or government funding
- Show a deep understanding of the education system in which they operate and outline ideas for integration, that leverages the rest of the system, for greater impact
DEADLINE; May, 14th, 2018
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