British Council

About the competition

We are inviting young people from ASEAN countries aged between 14 and 17 years old to participate in this competition which aims to provide a platform for them to share their ideas on the impacts of climate change and gender inequality.

To participate in this competition, students need to submit an infographic poster illustrating their version of the connections between climate change and girls’ education in an engaging and creative style which also conveys clear messages to the audience.

How are climate change and girls’ education connected?

  • Climate change is real. People around the world has been increasingly aware of its impacts. Scientific evidence shows rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, extreme weather events such as severe floods, out-of-season droughts, heatwaves are increasing. They have been proven to huge effects on many peoples’ lives . 
  • Studies also show that the negative impacts of climate change are not equally distributed. Climate vulnerability is closely connected to poverty and gender inequalities. For example, in a Cambodian community affected by drought, girls may have to walk further to collect water for cooking, cleaning and drinking which will have a direct impact on time available for education. In Viet Nam if heavy rainfall ruins crops the family may struggle to feed the whole family, so might accelerate marriage plans for their daughter to relieve the burden of an extra person to feed in the household. For families displaced by climate emergencies girls are often exposed to harassment in temporary housing or refugee settings. These impacts restrict girls access to school, reduce their opportunities to be educated and continue to widen gender inequalities.
  • However, the positive connection between climate change and girls’ education is that it has great potential to equip girls with skills, knowledge and critical thinking to be able to engage with appropriate responses and solutions to climate change. Education is key to building resilient communities who are able to adapt to the impacts of climate crises. When women and girls have access to education and resources they can become powerful leaders in calling for action on climate change.
  • Climate change education that builds awareness of climate vulnerability and the role of gender inequality is a way to empower young people with appropriate skills to take action to fight for climate justice. Irrespective of our own gender, we all have a part to play in challenging gender inequalities and promoting climate justice.
  • Useful  links about Climate Change and Girls’ Education:

-  Malala Fund’s report (2021), A greener, fairer future: Why leaders need to invest in climate and girls' education

-  Plan International’s Initiatives on Effects of climate change on girls’ right

-  The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)’s action plan (2021-26) on girls’ education, Every girl goes to school, stays safe, an learns: Five years of global action

-  Publication on Institute of Development Studies (2021), title Education, Girls’ Education and Climate Change

FAQ Sections

Who can enter the competition?

  • Students aged between 14 and 17 years old from 11 countries; Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. 
  • This competition is opened to students of any genders, not just girls.
  • The students can enter the competition individually or as group of 2-3 where 3 is the maximum.

How to enter the competition or how to submit a poster?

  • To submit a competition entry, a teacher must submit a poster on behalf of the students.
  • The teacher must upload an original poster file in .PDF, .JPG, or .PNG format and complete the online entry form.
  • Information required in the online entry form is the following.

Part 1: Terms and Conditions and Privacy Notice for entering the competition
Part 2: Teacher’s contact details
- First name
- Last name
- E-mail address
- Phone number
- Country
- School name
- School address
- School e-mail address  
- School phone number
Part 3: Student’s information 
- Student’s first name 
- Last name
- A confirmation that student(s) is in the eligible age range to enter the competition. Or they are between 14 and 17 years old.
- Signed consent form from parent or guardian of each student (Download consent form below)
Part 4: Upload the poster file

  • See the preview of the online submission form below

Tips: What should be considered when creating an infographic poster?

  • The poster should explain the connections between climate change and girls’ education.
  • It should explain and illustrate how these issues have a negative and positive relationship and where there are dependencies. The poster should show climate change has negative impacts on girls’ education, and how educating girls and challenging gender inequalities can create positive change through building more resilient individuals and communities, ideally illustrated with examples.
  • The poster must be in English and in A4 size.
  • It can be hand drawn or created digitally. It should include creative designs to inspire action using pictures and/or words.
  • Students should state who their audience is for their poster – this will inform their design and actions they are suggesting. (Audience could include local families & parents, education ministers, headteachers or other students their age)

What are the judging criteria?

Up to 11 poster entries will be judged and selected as winners by a panel of judges made up of the British Council and partners. The judges are looking for;


  • Does the poster capture key information about how climate change is affecting some girls more than others in your country and how it is limiting their access to education? 
  • Does the poster include the positive message about the potential for girls’ education in building resilience?
  • Is the content and action suited to the audience students have chosen?

Creativity & clarity:

  • Are the designs creative and appealing to the viewer?
  • Do the graphics enhance the content of the poster?
  • Does the poster design provide enough information to explain the issue without over complicating the message?


  • Does the poster inspire action e.g. to find out more?

What are the prizes?

  • Student winners will receive a certificate from the British Council and an opportunity to attend the policy dialogue event in April 2022.
  • Teachers supporting the student winners will also receive certificate from the British Council.
  • The infographic posters that won the competition will be presented at to the key policy makers in Education in Asian at the policy dialogue event in April 2022.  

Submit a poster entry

Before completing the online entry form, please make sure you…

  1. Read and understand the terms and conditions and the privacy notice (Download and read terms and conditions below)
  2. Have the signed parent or guardian consent forms (Download consent form below)

If you’re ready, please complete the online entry form here. Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/climateandgirls

Timeline and key dates

Activities Time
Open for competition entry (online submission) 25 February 2022
Deadline for competition entry  24 April 2022
Judging window  25 – 28 April 2022
Final decision 29 April 2022
Winner announcement (online announcement)  2 May 2022