On one of the hottest days of the year so far, it was a pleasure to welcome Ecolint La Grande Boissière Year 11 students to the UN, Palais des Nations in Geneva.
As part of their end of term activities, they arrived to do a Flow In Action learn to move mountains® innovation challenge run in collaboration with UNCTAD's Division of Investment & Enterprise.
We took SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities and went local, exploring how it applied to them at a local level to create a healthy campus.
From ideas to a 1-min pitch, these students were incredibly impressive in their thinking and understanding of how to take action. 11 groups of students came up with viable ideas that could transform the biodiversity of the site, reduce CO2 emissions, repurpose and recycle plastic, use flatroof buildings for growing fruit and vegetables, composting food waste...and many more concepts.
The pitches were evaluated by Siobhan McLoughlin, Ship Director of Class Afloat specialising in #blueeconomy insights, as well Fiorina Mugione, Fulvia Farinelli and Jayne Winter from the UNCTAD-DIAE team sharing their insights and expertise of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Plus, they demonstrated a level of patience, persistence and resilience in the face of logistical challenges which were incredibly impressive.
A huge thank you to their teacher, Laura Italici - Head of Year 11, who organised the trip; as well as the teacher mentors who accompanied the students for the day.
This is one of the ways that Flow In Action is equipping a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs - by showing them how to have ideas and start them on the journey of taking action.
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