GGA helping you achieve more

By Elizabeth Jones | February 04 2019

GGA helping you achieve more

Blog Category: General updateBlog Tags: Biodiversity and Education

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    Are you involved with an education-led or environment-focused programme that deserves a wider audience? Could your organisation inspire others? By entering the Global Good Awards (GGA), you can share what’s working well and why, enabling others to learn from your actions – and possibly replicate them.

    The Global Good Awards, sponsored by Revive,  are all about rewarding businesses, NGOs, charities and social enterprises of all sizes – from micro to multi-nationals – for doing good. They are driven by the desire to shout about all those who are making strides towards a better world for people, the planet and the global economy. You can see just how the programme itself walks, talks and eats (yes, you read that right!) the sustainability ethos here.

    There are 13 categories to choose from including:
    • Community Partnership
    • Environmental Behaviour Change
    • Best Campaign of the Year
    • Best Start-up Enterprise
    • Best Education.

    To give you an idea of the kind of projects that are celebrated, here are a few snapshots of programmes that have been recognised in recent years.

    Outdoor Classroom Day
    Last year, Outdoor Classroom Day won bronze in the Best Education category. This is a global campaign to make outdoor learning and play part of children’s everyday life, wherever they are in the world. It engages parents, teachers and supporters to champion the importance of outdoor learning and play for children’s development and happiness. The campaign is led by Project Dirt and backed by Unilever. Working in partnership with local NGOs and Unilever offices worldwide has given us a truly international reach. In 2017, 2,345,809 children participated across 101 countries.
    Read more here

    Building Futures
    Also in 2018, Mace was recognised in the Best Education category for its innovative approach to engaging young women in construction careers. The project is a unique after-school club aimed at female students who work in teams to plan and design a virtual construction project. With support from industry experts, students get the chance to try a range of jobs first-hand. The programme addresses the lack of awareness amongst students and teachers of the very wide range of careers in the industry.
    See more here

    Tax Facts
    HMRC was highly commended in 2017 for its Tax Facts progamme. This is HMRC’s project to educate 14 to 17-year olds about how public money is raised and spent and to introduce them – in a very easy-to-understand way – to their future responsibilities as tax payers. It also fills a gap in the Citizenship Curriculum.
    The centrepiece is four, short, light-hearted animations, covering: HMRC’s work, starting your first job, working for yourself and the hidden economy.
    To complement the animations, HMRC also created a pack of material, with ready-made lesson plans and a range of interesting exercises and resources for teachers.
    Read more here

    ‘Refill’ was launched by City to Sea in Bristol in 2015. Last year it received Gold in the Best Environmental Change category. It’s a simple idea that puts the power to stop plastic pollution into consumers’ hands. Friendly cafes, bars, restaurants, museums and many other places can register as a Refill station on the app, place a bright, friendly sticker in their window and offer free water refills to passers-by. It now has over 15 schemes in the UK from Devon to Dumfries, and has recently announced a partnership with the water industry, enabling it to grow and respond to the hundreds of requests it has for new schemes.

    You can get lots more inspiration here

    How to enter
    Entries are open now with a closing date of 1st March (an extended deadline runs until 8th March 2019). Rest assured, there are no fees to be paid for starting an application. Entry fees are only charged when you submit.

    Karen Sutton, CEO and Founder of the Global Good Awards says: “Join an award programme that gives recognition for the good work that your organisation is doing and which encourages the development of engaged and ethical business practices in a range of sectors. By entering, you’ll broaden your reach, help inspire

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