The Global High Schools category recognises high schools or secondary schools, from six global geographic regions that propose innovative, impactful, and inspirational sustainability projects in the areas of health, food, energy, and/or water. The proposed project could be in one area (e.g. water) or a combination of areas (e.g. energy, water, food, and health).
The Prize is intended to encourage students to develop and implement their sustainability ideas and is not aimed at administrative projects or educational reforms at the school.
The award in this category is not given for past achievements but will enable students from winning high schools to implement sustainability projects in their own schools.
These student-led projects must demonstrate innovative approaches to address sustainability challenges and inspire students to take active roles in sustainable development.
The application must be submitted by the students and supported by the school management. The projects must:
In each of the following six global regions, one school will win up to US$ 100,000:
If you believe you have a project that could win the Zayed Sustainability Prize, we want to know about it!
(divided amongst 6 Schools, awarding each up to US$100,000)
The evaluation criteria is split into three parts, each with their percentages of influence on the initial assessments. They are:
Innovation refers to a creative idea, proposed by students, which solves a challenge or a need for the school and/or local community in the areas of health, food, energy and/or water.
The Innovation criterion requires schools to demonstrate that:
Impact refers to a positive change, as a result of the proposed project, that improves the well-being of the school, students and/or local community.
The Impact criterion requires schools to demonstrate that:
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, strongly believed that a country's greatest investment lies in building generations of knowledgeable youth. He was a firm believer of youth’s active role in the development process by sharing responsibilities to lay foundations for the success of the society. Continued through the Prize, Sheikh Zayed’s legacy is a source of inspiration for the young generation.
The Inspiration criterion requires schools to demonstrate that:
the project reflects Sheikh Zayed’s core values – sustainability and human development that were central to his own approach and actions;
the project can be sustained in the long term;
the project inspires students to become the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders capable of addressing sustainability challenges;
the project further inspires responsible actions from the wider community and other schools.