110 scholarship winners representing 22 countries are participating in a virtual program before traveling to the Academies in 2021 in Brazil, Egypt, India and the USA.

Over six weeks, the scholars collaborated in virtual teams to identify and propose an intervention to a global issue that would help achieve one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are their project proposals.

The Academies are organized in partnership between bp and AFS Intercultural Programs.

Top projects

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SDG #5: Gender Equality

GEMS: Girl Empowerment in STEM

A global organization to encourage young women to pursue STEM education and careers. It would feature expert speakers, online STEM workshops, online support groups and coaching. Learn more hereTeam members:

  • Sonia Goyal – USA
  • Andrea Michasevich – Mexico
  • Precious Ofori – Ghana
  • Elisa-Charlotte Haking – Germany
  • Ana Cecília Souza – Brazil
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SDG #11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

Creating a Better Tomorrow

Recycle plastic waste into sustainable building materials to build affordable housing; simultaneously reduce waste sent to landfills. Simply put, “one man’s garbage is another man’s house.” Learn more here. Team members:

  • Reece Slade – South Africa
  • Prarthanakumari Baria –  India
  • Emilia Geyer – Germany
  • Saphira Blok – Belgium

Honorable mentions

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SDG #6: Clean Water & Sanitation

LAWPS: Low-Cost Accessible Water Purification System

Produce a low-cost and scalable water purification system, utilizing moringa seeds for filtration and ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Moringa seeds contain a protein that purifies water and kills bacteria. Learn more hereTeam members:

  • João Lucas Oliveira de Souza – Brazil
  • Melissa Torres – Mexico
  • Alex Qingxu Wei – USA
  • Elisa Alejandra Payan Camargo – Mexico
  • Alvin Afenyo – Ghana
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SDG #4: Quality Education

Democratizing Education

Reinvent the online education model to reduce barriers such as high tuition, overcrowding, lack of digital learning and insufficient funding. Learn more hereTeam members:

  • Meghana Karthic – USA
  • Jafet Benjamín García Jiménez – Mexico
  • Salma Osman – Ghana
  • Lewe Bendix Jannsen – Germany
  • Victor Gabriel Sousa – Brazil

Runners-up

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SDG #4: Quality Education

Board Games to Inspire STEM Learning

Design 5 games to encourage STEM learning, with games including: a scientific elements game inspired by Guess Who, a physics and space travel simulator, language learning, Fast Maths, and a Human Body Puzzle. The proposal includes a contest run by a major game manufacturer to produce the top game. Learn more hereTeam members:

  • Esperanza Lee – USA
  • Camila Rojas Alemán – Mexico
  • Murilo Bontorin Franco – Brazil
  • Sally Michelle Kwabiah – Ghana
  • Salvador Martínez Avila – Mexico
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SDG #11: Sustainable Cities & Communities & SDG #12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Plastic for Dignity Campaign

Invest in municipal recycling of waste plastics to be melted down and repurposed into portable waste facilities or roadways. It is accompanied by a public awareness campaign to encourage responsible consumption and disposal. Learn more here. Team members:

  • William Lindars – United Kingdom
  • Annika Vollmer – Austria
  • Khanyisile Mphahlani – South Africa
  • Jatin Manoj – India
  • Xinyu “Auson” Qian – China
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SDG #2: Zero Hunger

Sustainable Agriculture

Develop an agricultural education program focused on effective methods of growing food, drip irrigation, crop protection, harvesting and storage techniques, and sustainable delivery through to the end user. The widespread rollout will utilize a “Train-the-Trainer” inspired concept to educate local farmers and collaborate with local infrastructure. Find out more. Team members:

  • Julian Moehwald – Germany
  • Sherry Ayman Samir – Egypt
  • Thabiso Thato Mosala – South Africa
  • Riya Dhiman – India
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SDG #7: Affordable & Clean Energy

Energy Consumption Device

Develop a mobile device to measure personal energy consumption and encourage more responsible energy consumption behavior. Invest in a Type B business plan for making affordable clean energy more accessible. Find out moreTeam members:

  • Manvi Sinvhal – USA
  • Germán Velázquez Ramos – Mexico
  • Courtney Klutse Elorm – Ghana
  • Emma Rittich – Germany
  • Natan Moura Martins – Brazil
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SDG #4: Quality Education

Quality Education

Advocate for investment in technology to improve educational content and accessibility. Learn more hereTeam members:

  • Serena Goyal – USA
  • Santa Dhení Bagundo López – Mexico
  • Issah Yusam – Ghana
  • Isadora Alves Mesquita Prado – Brazil
  • Eyad Abdelhamed Elrwady – Egypt

Other projects

Advocacy for quality education by:

  • Gloria Huang – USA
  • Dario Hinojosa Delgadillo – Mexico
  • Abena Ofosua Janine Darko – Ghana
  • Eduarda Lazame – Brazil
  • José Rafael Rodrigues Scalise – Brazil

Smart tablet by:

  • Tshepho Mashilo Moreroa – South Africa
  • Javad Ismayilzade – Azerbaijan
  • Shifa Nadira Yuana – Indonesia
  • Malk Almessery – Egypt
  • Hanyuan “Mike” Jiang – China

Carbon emissions app by:

  • Taanish Bhardwaj – Singapore
  • Atchuth Jonnalagadda – India
  • Shahd Ahmed – Egypt
  • Tiisetso Nyiko lebese – South Africa
  • Mohammed Al Barwani – Oman

Advocacy for gender equality education by:

  • William Everatt – South Africa
  • Rohit Kumar Sharma – United Arab Emirates
  • Deniz Naz Beydağı – Turkey
  • Roba Ali – Egypt
  • Samarth Jain – India

Advocacy for renewable energy by:

  • Vsevolod Smirnov – Russia
  • Rasheka Mahendra – Malaysia
  • Carla Ortega Fernandez – Spain
  • Milton Makgothoma – South Africa

Modernized teaching by:

  • Loic Ezunkpe – Belgium
  • Abdelrahman Diaa – Egypt
  • Elif Nisa Isabella Rosati – Germany
  • Arul Murali – India
  • Yanxi “Elinor” Zhu – China

Accessible sanitary water & water recycling programs by:

  • Adham Samy Saad Mahmoud El-Asfar – Egypt
  • Julia Rosin – Germany
  • Kailash Nagasar – South Africa
  • Pragya Dhamija – India
  • Yichen “Candice” Wang – China

Sustainable energy production by:

  • Teesha Dembla – India
  • Paul Eckbert Zander – Germany
  • Innocenciah Dimakatso Ntuli – South Africa
  • Kirollos Remon Mounir – Egypt
  • Haoning Bi – China

Gender equality and empowerment by:

  • Anuj Keswani – India
  • Rebecca Marie Marie Gisevius – Germany
  • Pierre Green – South Africa
  • Janhavi Shekhar Amanagi – India

Quality education interventions by:

  • Chulumanco Mangcipu – South Africa
  • Kavya Rajan – India
  • Elisa Lange – Germany
  • Farah Mostafa Ghaly – Egypt
  • Yongjia “Joyce” Lu – China

Inclusive curricula by:

  • Santiago Tamayo – Mexico
  • Samuella Amoah – Ghana
  • Anoushka Sarma – USA
  • Vitor Emanuel – Brazil
  • Darasimi Olasope – Nigeria

International standardization of education by:

  • Saipranav Kurapati – USA
  • Joan Quartey – Ghana
  • Lucas Sardo – Brazil
  • Alaa Ibrahim Ahmed – Egypt
  • Diksha Satish – USA

Free online education platform by:

  • Tejas Muthusamy – USA
  • Camila Elio – Mexico
  • Ekow Frandon Gwira – Ghana
  • Hagar Ali Hamed – Egypt
  • Sophia Marques – Brazil