Akosombo International School has just won the 2020-2021 edition of ‘Your World’ Competition was launched by the British Council.

The aim of the competition is to give the opportunity to students from around the world to use their creativity and connect with each other while providing a window into their unique lives, environments, and experiences through a short film competition.

While there has been much suffering and many challenges around the pandemic, there have also been some positive developments such as a decrease in levels of pollution in our towns and cities and many examples of communities supporting those people, who are not so fortunate.

The theme for the 2020-2021 competition was “Building a brighter future”. This years’ theme was chosen because the pandemic has already had a huge impact on the lives of people of all ages across the world.

Teams had a choice of producing either a live action video or an animated style video. This yearly competition is one of the core offers for British Council Partner Schools and as such, it’s open to students within the British Council Partner Schools Network.

In all Sub-Saharan Africa, Akosombo International School was adjudged to have presented the best video in the region and emerged as the national winners in Ghana and eventually the regional winners in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The global award went to students from Columbia.

The winning video focused on two thematic areas namely resilient communities and sustainable living. These areas looked at how communities responded to the pandemic despite the hardship it provoked in all aspects of life.

It also raised awareness about the benefits of recycling materials, how we can reduce the amount of food that is thrown away or focus on how the community can use energy more efficiently.

These benefits could be listed under two broad sections namely cross curriculum focus and core skills development. This means students who participated could draw knowledge from a cross reference of subjects they already study.

Students also used the opportunity afforded them by the competition to some core skills which will enable them to grow well-rounded, creative and critical citizens, ready to engage with job markets and shape the future for themselves and future generations.

Other schools that participated in the competition were Christian International High School and Soul Clinic International School who competed with Akosombo International at the finals of the contest.

Increasingly, it has become a norm for students to demonstrate activities they are doing outside of the classroom in support of their University applications. In line with this, students who participated in the competition will all be handed a certificate of participation.