RCE Mumbai - 2018

New Zealand India Sustainability Challenge (#NZISC), A TERI- Education New Zealand (ENZ) Initiative
Basic Information
Title of project : 
New Zealand India Sustainability Challenge (#NZISC), A TERI- Education New Zealand (ENZ) Initiative
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Mumbai
Contributing organization(s) : 
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)- Implementing Agency
Education New Zealand (ENZ), New Zealand High Commission- Sponsoring Agency
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Ms Livleen K Kahlon
Organizational Affiliation: 
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Ms Monmi Barua
Organizational Affiliation: 
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Format of project: 
Power Point
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Geographical & Education Information
New Zealand
Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru
Address of focal point institution for project: 
CAMP: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003, INDIA
Agricultural, Coastal, Fresh water, Urban/Peri-urban
Sustainable Cities, Energy, Health
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
- Inspire next generation of youth leaders through innovative and cutting edge sustainable practices in which students identify the problems in their campus and design appropriate and scalable solutions
- Deliver real world project experiences within the college campuses to instill values of multidisciplinary teamwork, real world business challenges and leadership
- Develop competencies in young people to integrate sustainability in thought and practice in any field and vocation. - To enhance 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning, communication, ICT, citizenship, personal and social responsibility) of youth involved directly or indirectly in the competition.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
The challenge showcased engaging concepts, covering themes such as reducing energy consumption using software; creating window blinds using broken photo voltaic cells; innovative health platform to store vaccination data of children; video game app to promote awareness on sustainability; using biomass an alternative to firewood and finally using garbage to create electricity. Besides these, they were also engaged in access to clean drinking water, sustainable consumption and lifestyles, environment education, waste management and sustainable agriculture. Aforementioned topics come under SDG 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 15.
June, 2017 to December, 2017
There are many challenges that the world is facing today, like climate change, lack of access of clean water and sanitation, energy crisis, food insecurity and other environmental and societal challenges. Since the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been formally adopted by the world in 2015, the governments have been calling out to youth for meaningful participation in decision making and implementation of post 2015 agenda. The post 2015 document recognizes that young men, women and children are critical agents of change. To ensure the country’s progress in achieving these goals, youth from diverse backgrounds need to take up leadership roles. Colleges and universities, as leaders of innovation in our society, have the potential to demonstrate several sustainable principles around their campuses. Such potential needs to be mobilized to engage faculty and students with the wider communities that they are part of so that they can provide a road map for sustainable solutions within their campuses.

It is with this in mind, that this concept of 'New Zealand- India Sustainability Challenge' was initiated by Education New Zealand and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in June 2017.
The objective of this challenge is to encourage scalable and sustainable solutions to address environmental and societal challenges. The programme aspired to inspire the younger generation to become champions for a cause. Through the Sustainability Challenge, students from India seek to have an opportunity to work alongside their New Zealand counterparts to develop scalable, sustainable solutions to problems facing the environment and society. The solutions also inspire the next generation of young leaders to identify problems around their campuses and communities, by designing appropriate solutions through the use of innovative sustainable practices.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
- More than 100 teams registered for the challenge
- Identification of one key sustainability challenge in the college campus in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru
- Regional Competitions - in three cities where 15 shortlisted teams identified sustainability challenge
- New Zealand India Sustainability Challenge Finale - 6 teams worked with New Zealand counterparts
Size of academic audience: 
Through NZISC, TERI has been able to achieve a direct outreach of over 20,000 participants; and an indirect outreach of over 100,000.
- More than 100 sustainability campaign ideas were identified
- 45 shortlisted campaign ideas were presented during regional rounds
- 6 best campaign ideas competed with New Zealand University Students
- Best campaign from India supplemented with best practices at New Zealand Universities
- International knowledge exchange between students and faculty members of Indian and New Zealand Universities
- Output documents of projects published in peer reviewed journals
- Robust social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
Lessons learned: 
The programme was limited to students from recognized colleges in Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru. Students registered for the challenge leading to more than 100 campaign ideas. 45 were shortlisted which focused on local problems and promotion of innovative and sustainable best practices. These teams competed at the regional rounds based on their key sustainability challenges. 6 teams were further selected who worked alongside their New Zealand counterparts (students) to develop scalable and sustainable solutions to problems facing the environment and society. The winning team won an all-expense three weeks paid internship at three New Zealand partner universities.
Key messages: 
With relevant skills, education outcomes, competencies and mutual partnerships, youth can help accelerate progress on creating tangible sustainable social impact, fostering a prosperous and equitable socio-economic environment for all and building peaceful and inclusive societies. It is crucial that we all are equipped with the best knowledge at hand, so we can go out and forge successful and sustainable partnerships in order to tackle the Sustainable Development.
Education New Zealand (ENZ), New Zealand High Commission


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Image icon 1 (002).jpg (909.86 KB) The winning team, VaxiBead of NZISC showcasing their project on Sustainable Lifestyle (SDG 11) of a high-tech version of a 'nazariya' beaded bracelet for children who have to be get vaccinated. ENZ - sponsoring agency
Image icon 2.JPG (2.96 MB) New Zealand students witnessing sustainability campus along with Indian top 6 teams Ms Monmi Barua
Image icon 3 (002).JPG (6.05 MB) Shortlisted teams of Mumbai during Regional Round Mr Jagdish Barve - Hired photographer for Regional Round- Mumbai
Image icon 4 (002).JPG (3.41 MB) Team Alpha showcasing their project on Waste Management (SDG 12) using ‘Electricity from Garbage Generator- E.G.G’ that recycles garbage to generate electricity Mr Manmohan Singh - Hired photographer for Regional Round
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Curriculum Development 
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level