The British Council wrapped up yet another successful Your World video-making competition this year at the Melia Hanoi hotel on 12 May. From Viet Nam, Cau Giay secondary school has been announced as the global winner, beating more than 750 video entries from over 3,500 students from the British Council Partner Schools across the global network, all of whom are studying the UK school curriculum. This is a history-making moment as it is the first time a school from the East Asia region has won the global award. It is Viet Nam’s first school with triple winning titles for Country, East Asia Region and Global.
The Your World video-making competition is a flagship activity for British Council Partner Schools across the global network. The theme for Your World 2022–23 was ‘Good Health and Well-being’, linking directly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number three. This is the third year that Viet Nam has participated in the competition. Apart from Cau Giay, four other secondary schools from Viet Nam took part; Chu Van An, Hanoi Amsterdam, Ta Quang Buu and Trung Vuong.
It has become increasingly important for students to demonstrate and excel in activities outside of the classroom to support their university entrance applications. Participation in Your World allows students to showcase a commitment to developing themselves proactively in their free time, while also raising awareness about social and environmental issues around them; ensuring their university application stands out.
‘Through Your World, the British Council hopes to inspire students to be drivers of positive change through the development of core skills, which enable students to grow into well-rounded, creative and critical citizens, ready to engage with job markets and shape the future for themselves and future generations’ shared Steve Adams, Regional Exams Manager, British Council in South East Asia at the award ceremony. ‘We have seen a fantastic event today with the participation of all of our winning schools, parents, teachers and students themselves. This competition is absolutely amazing, providing students with great opportunities and great way of sharing experiences which are similar to young people studying the UK curriculum school all around the world.’, he added.
Open to students aged 14 to 17 years studying in British Council Partner Schools, Your World is a great opportunity for students to use their creativity, problem-solving and digital skills to compete globally while also providing a window into their own lives, communities, and experiences.
‘Thank you British Council, competition organiser for such a meaningful and practical playground!’ said Ms Kim Anh Le, Principal of Cau Giay secondary school who shared about the positive impact of taking part in the competition. ‘Your World has provided students with lots of space for creativity, where their passion for film making is encouraged and their English ability is showcased through their concern about a global issue, yet, very practical and close to school life’ she continued. ‘I hope all the valuable lessons they have accumulated and learnt from the competition will be a premise for them to continue shining, at the same time inspiring their schoolmates with responsibilities to society and becoming global citizens’, Ms Kim Anh Le added.
In its second time joining the competition, Cau Giay made a bold choice with the outstanding video featuring Menthy Club – a social action project addressing well-being and health issues in Cau Giay secondary school.
‘The message we wanted to deliver is that mental health seems to be a sensitive topic, but we truly believe that education and awareness are key to reducing stigma and promoting a culture of support and understanding.’ said the winning team. ‘We feel proud and honoured to be part of the competition and team. The competition provided us with a great opportunity to express our creativity and connect with one another to bring out a perspective into our unique lives. The international range of the competition gave us a broader view of communities in the world and the consequences the pandemic made on them.’
In joining the competition, students drew upon their knowledge of subjects studied at school, such as science, business studies and global studies to produce exceptional video entries. These videos demonstrated students’ ability to work collaboratively to solve real life problems in their own communities, putting both their skills and learning to practical and positive use.
Your World competition is an annual activity of British Council Partner Schools together with a network of educators across the world, including leaders of forward-thinking schools with an international outlook, and teachers committed to a modern, student-centred approach to teaching. Globally, British Council works with more than 2,100 partner schools, supports over 100,000 teachers and touches the lives of millions of students across South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Americas. Your World is a truly global event that supports the British Council’s mission in building connections, understanding and trust through education. In Viet Nam, 12 schools have joined the British Council Partner Schools network in the last three years, including state schools from the Cambridge state school project, private schools and online schools.