“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Welcome to Inventure Academy’s Changemaker Challenge Season 6!

Inviting Changemakers from across schools and communities for our VIRTUAL Changemaker Challenge, click here to register.

Register by Monday 10 October 2022

Our world in the year 2022 continues to confront challenges that deeply impact our lives. As we figure out our new normal post COVID-19 pandemic, some new and some old global issues have been simmering on the back burner, awaiting our attention and action. We live in a global community, demonstrated unmistakably during the pandemic, with our lives intertwined. Creative and effective solutions to challenges will not only benefit the local community but have a ripple effect across the globe.

Passive acceptance of critical global issues like well-being, access to learning, civic amenities and sustainability will cause devastating, irreversible damages with long term impacts. In addition to addressing the aftermath of the pandemic, critical concerns that have been put on hold, now manifest in higher magnitude. These areas of concern pose a threat to the fabric of human civilization and need to be addressed on priority.

The time to act is now.

We invite teams of 3 or more students from Grades 8 to 12, together with their parents and teachers (at least one  adult mentor), to explore sustainable solutions for any one area of concern including ‘Healthcare and Personal Well-Being’, ‘Education’, ‘Infrastructure’ or ‘Environment’.

Healthcare & Personal Well Being:  A healthy society is a productive society. If nothing else, the pandemic has taught us the significance of health and its impact on all other aspects of life. Health and access to healthcare remains a paramount challenge in all parts of the world. As a nation, India has high income disparity, equitable healthcare facilities and information is an additional void and hurdle to progress. Some challenges that we face today include use of technology/ AI to fuel an integrated healthcare system; level of health awareness and ways to enhance the same across socio economic strata; mental health challenges post pandemic, especially our children, and sustainable solutions; Covid victims’ families coping with grief and loss and improved access to healthcare awareness and facilities, to name a few. 

Education: United Nations (UN) identifies education as the ‘basic building block of every society’ and declares ‘right to education’ as a universal human right. Learning and skill building transforms individuals and society by impacting health, livelihood, long term attitudes and behaviours. Some challenges that we face today include creating effective solutions for inclusion across location, gender and socioeconomic strata including remote learning; including children with disabilities into the fold for education; learning the necessary skills to survive and thrive in the new world post pandemic and many more.

Infrastructure- Civic Amenities: the backbone of a city or town, infrastructure is an enabler for various socio, cultural and economic activities. Quality of life in an urban environment is defined by the strength of the infrastructure- civic amenities like air, water, transport, electricity and health services. According to the UN, the urban population in 2050 in Asia and Africa is expected to rise by 61% of population living in cities compared to 2018. Some challenges that we face today are gaps in civic amenities in the cities; eco-friendly, sustainable solutions to the challenges in city infrastructure; stress on housing and civic facilities available for lower income immigrants; clean water access and availability; waste disposal design to minimise negative long term impacts that can then be replicated across communities and cities; drainage system be equipped to handle unpredictability in weather due to global warming; load on the transport system and ease congestion; environmentally friendly solutions to increased demand for power and the list can go on.

Sustainability & Environment: Planet Earth is on the precipice where lack of remedial action will result in destruction with no return. Effects of climate change and non sustainable processes can be felt globally in the form of extinction of species; changes in topography; crisis of natural resources like clean water and air; and toxic wastes.  Some challenges that we face today are carbon footprint contributing to the global endeavour to reduce rising global temperature; conservation and protection of  existing freshwater reserves; replacement of non biodegradable materials in commodities in everyday use with natural, biodegradable materials;  treatment and disposal of waste in an environmentally safe manner given that 33% of 2.01 billion tonnes of waste generated annually is not safely disposed of and reduction of food waste that will in turn reduce greenhouse gases. (UN estimates that 30% of food is wasted every year)

Your solutions for the challenges listed above (or other relevant challenges) could be the catalyst that shifts the existing paradigm to result in a better world. Please solicit perspectives and advice from experts and other stakeholders on what will constitute a long term, replicable and sustainable solution. 

Inventure’s other innovative initiatives:

Inventure Academy RS Youth Parliament

The inaugural Inventure Academy RS Youth Parliament – Our World, Our Voice was held from 15 to 19 August 2018.

The conference was conceptualised by Inventure Academy to equip children with the Right to Participate (guaranteed by Article 12 of the UNCRC) in the world that they are inheriting and to enable them to be positive change makers. This was achieved by exposing our youth to different perspectives, dialogues between nations and the process of decision-making through a blended platform of the Model United Nations (MUN) and Model Parliament (MP). The conference exposed students to the process of how laws are created and implemented through the interplay between various stakeholders, including international organisations such as the United Nations, National Parliament, Media and Civil Society. This helped to demonstrate how citizens (including children) can have an impact and be a part of the solution.

Model Parliament

Inventure initiated the Model Parliament (India), a first time simulation of the interaction between the Central and State governments, the Economic Council and the Media. The objective of this was to enable students to understand the importance of dialogue in society and in our political system, and enabling legislation that empowers and takes advantage of our demographic dividend. Through debate, discussion and perspective building, student delegates from various schools deliberated in different Committees on pressing issues like Child Safety, Water Crisis, Economic Development and Youth Involvement in Politics. Post this exercise, Committees drafted Bills, keeping as close as possible to Parliamentary procedures.

Our Core Purpose

To instill in students the ability and conviction to realize their full potential
and be socially responsible citizens who excel anywhere in the world.