Sustainable Minds

The school curriculum in Lebanon is in need of significant refinement to reflect the most urgent social and environmental issues faced by our world today and Lebanon in particular. Accordingly, introducing Lebanese school students to the 10 UN Global Compact principles and the 17 sustainable Goals can greatly reinforce the students’ responsibility toward society and the environment. We believe that raising awareness can empower students while sensitizing them to the civic education component and contributing to the welfare of society at large.



Criteria for Participation

1. Be a grade 10 student enrolled in a public or private school

2. Each school can form up to 5 groups maximum

3. Form a team of 2 to 6 students.

The 10 UN Global Compact Principles

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.


Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.

17 Sustainable Goals
  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequality
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Valuable prizes will be distributed to the winning team members in the order of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. A prize will also be given to the school of the first place winners.

Time line

28 February: Deadline to participate 

30 March: Deadline to submit the video 

20 April: Closing ceremony and distribution of awards 

The competition invites grade 10 students to:


1. Choose one of the 10 UN Global Compact principles that are spread over four themes (labor, the environment, human rights, and anti-corruption) and relate to one or more of the 17 sustainable goals.

2. Submit a short 2-3 minute video

In this video, participating students are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to demonstrate their understanding of one of the 10 UNGC principles and relate to one or more of the 17 sustainable goals. Ideally, students should select a problem faced in Lebanese organizations and demonstrate how the application of one of the principles can be a potential solution to the problem. Students are expected to direct and produce the short video by themselves. Participants have full creative discretion over the content of the video; the video can be but is not limited to a short play, a song, a poem, or an interview.

Selection Criteria

Students are expected to show understanding of a problem faced in Lebanon, find its complementary principle(s), and demonstrate creatively how the principle presents a potential solution to this problem.

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The 3 short-listed teams will be assessed based on their:


Reasonable Problem-principle combination

GCNL Sustainable Minds 2017 First Place Winners:

Ghazir Official School – A Son Age: Rose Sroujian and Rita Korkomaz


GCNL Sustainable Minds 2017 Second Place Winners:

International College – The Guardian: Celine Samadi, Ghada Bakri, Joseph Faissal, Raja Haroun, Rim Annan and Romy Faissal

GCNL Sustainable Minds 2017 Third Place Winners:

Heritage College – Heritage: Angela Mokdad, Jana Lamaa, Hassan Issa, Sami Ibrahim, Alaa Jammo and Mirna Abou Hashem

GCNL Sustainable Minds 2017 Best Humanitarian Video 1:

Ghazir Official School – حقي مظلوم

Cynthia Salameh and Maria Nehme

GCNL Sustainable Minds 2017 Best Humanitarian Video 2:

Lebanese Canadian Modern School – The Leaders: Hussein Abbas, Sahar Al-Ghadban, Sami Temraz, Marwa Mrad, Hadi Kadri and Maha Shouman