LAUNCHING!
THE FIRST EVER RAINFOREST CHALLENGE

The aim for launching the first-ever Rainforest Kids Challenge is to educate the children about the importance of the standing rainforests and encourage them to be part of a community that cares about the rainforests and takes action to restore them for a better world.

The Rainforest Kids Challenge is open for all children and teenagers who are committed to practical actions in order to save and protect our forests which are at risk due to climate change and widespread devastation of the ecology. Any group of students may take part in the challenge even if they don't have direct access to a forest in their territory, as long as they are mobilized to act on any problem that has a direct or indirect impact on the forest.

For example, actions from one's home, community or neighbourhood can make people aware of the importance of changing habits to reduce carbon emission, thereby contributing to saving our most precious natural lungs- the rainforests.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, groups must respect the recommendations of health authorities and comply with social distance norms to carry out any of the actions involved in this contest in their country.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE ?

  • 01
    A TEAM WITH THE
    I CAN MINDSET

    All you need is a team of students and an educator (who must be an adult) with the I CAN spirit.

    The students’ age should preferably range from 8 to 18.
  • 02
    USE THE
    FIDS FRAMEWORK

    To participate, each team needs to follow the Design for Change FIDS framework (Feel, Imagine, Do, and Share) to come up with solutions to what they think are the rainforest’s greatest challenges.

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  • 03
    REGISTER &
    SUBMIT ONLINE

    Each team needs to register and submit their project to the Rainforest Challenge platform, along with a video explaining their idea.

    The story must be written in one of the 4 following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French. The video must be uploaded on Youtube with subtitles in English (If you can't do it contact with the DFC partner in your country or DFC global). REGISTER & SUBMIT YOUR STORY

EXAMPLE OF A GOOD VIDEO SUBMISSION

This video was edited by the DFC team. However, you can send us some images of your project and your testimonial with the details of the idea and its impact on the world. Please, remember to tell your story, considering the FIDS (Feel-Imagine-Do-Share) template. Submit a video saying more about yourself. It doesn't have to be a professional video, it can have your own touch/ brand, after all, we just want to know a little more about you. :)

THE TIMELINE

The Design for Change stories are judged based on the following variables:

Easy to replicate | Innovative | Subject to technological development | Scalable | Sustainable | FIDS framework

The DFC judges look for stories led by children, where they choose to tackle challenges that directly bother them. The judges also look for evidence of children who engage with the people directly affected by the challenge at hand and who understand their needs and perspectives to design a solution for that challenge.

Due to the difficulties imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and the interruption of classes, the Rainforest Kids challenge 2021 will select ongoing initiatives in which students have already carried out at least a couple of actions to transform the problem chosen by the team.

MESSAGE FROM THE MENTORS

  • SHEEBA SEN

  • BHEKA MUNRUDUKU

  • WRI INDONESIA

  • CARLOS NOBRE

  • OLIVER SALGE

  • JORGE LOPEZ DORIGA

  • PEDRO SOARES

  • ESTELA KUMARUARA

  • SAULO KUMARUARA

  • IAGO HAIRON

  • CAROLINA RAMÍREZ

  • CHRISHEN GOMEZ

4 WINNING SOLUTIONS WILL GET A CHANCE TO WIN PRIZES WORTH 2000 USD PER PROJECT.

A maximum of 4 solutions will be chosen. Each winning solution will earn $2,000.00 (two thousand USD) as an award which will be split in two ways. $1000 will go directly to the winning project as a cash prize and the other $1000 will be donated on behalf of the team to an NGO working for the cause of saving and protecting the Rainforest.


The $1,000.00 cash can be invested in two ways:

(I) Approximately $ 500 (five hundred USD) to be used as a celebration with team members [party, outing or any other alternative that students and the educator may choose as long as they respect the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic]


(II) Approximately $ 500 (five hundred USD), as a financial investment for the continuity and improvement of the awarded project.
This decision must be taken by mutual agreement between the project members and the educator. The amount in question will be delivered to the educator who will be responsible for the recommendation mentioned above. The teams will send us pictures to share what they have done, so that the same can be shared on social media etc.

PARTNERS

  • An international movement in 65+ countries that cultivates an I CAN Mindset in children, by offering them a framework with the tools to empower them to make their world a better place.

  • The US$ 10 million XPRIZE Rainforest is four-year-long competition open to everyone interested in developing technologies that can affordably map the full biodiversity of tropical forests. This inventory list will be useful in developing innovative solutions that can accelerate the bioeconomy and strengthen the people of the forest.