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Start: May 24th, 2017

Hands-on Project 2017 "Teaching the Global Goals"

Do you enjoy working on international projects, do you like to deal with issues concerning the future, and are you constantly looking for new challenges? Then you will be pleased to learn that there is another Hands-on Project this year!

In 2017, the challenge for the participants is to develop concepts for information or education materials which can contribute in innovative ways to make various social target groups aware of the 2030 Agenda and to raise their sensitivity for the Sustainable Development Goals.

You and your international team are free to choose the form of your education and information materials: Card games, cartoons, posters, videos or theatre plays – everything is possible. You and your team may also define your own target groups. The teams can choose whether they would, for example, like to inform their football club, their work colleagues or their regional farmers’ association. In order to support the participants’ working in virtual teams and developing their results there will be helpful webinars on idea and concept development and a consultation with experts. At the end of the Hands-on Project, the practical implementation of ideas should be presented by the participants in the form of ‘prototypes’, first tangible designs, which will clarify their ideas to others. The Alumniportal Deutschland plans to support the realisation of the best ideas.

Join in! By taking part, you can make new international contacts, strengthen your professional network – and last, but not least – win prizes for your team! All participants who submit a final concept receive a certificate of participation.

How Do I Participate?

The Hands-on Project is a competition for teams, therefore you will need to find 1-2 members for your team (a team consists of 2-3 members). In order to find out how you can find members for your team and how you can register for the Hands-on Project, please go to the Community-Group „Hands-On-Project 2017 / Praxisprojekt 2017:

Community-Group „Hands-On-Project 2017 / Praxisprojekt 2017“

Time Schedule

  • 24.05.2017: Start of application period
  • 14.06.2017: Deadline for applications
  • 14.06.2017: Launch event in form of a webinar & Beginning of Task 1
  • 21.06.2017: Expert webinar on the development of ideas & Beginning of Task 2
  • 28.06.2017: Expert webinar on the development of concepts & Beginning of Task 3
  • 13.07.2017: Beginning of Task 4
  • 26.07.2017: Announcement of winners

Conditions of participation for the Hands-On Project 2017 "Teaching the Global Goals"

Please read the following conditions of participation and the detailed information on the Hands-On Project before you apply.

Conditions of Participation

Detailed Information

The conditions are valid for the Hands-On Project “Teaching the global goals” on the domain www.alumniportal-deutschland.org. The project is organised by the Alumniportal Deutschland. Participants accept these conditions of participation.

Data Privacy: The Hands-On Project will take place in the Alumniportal Deutschland’s online community. The respective data privacy policies are valid.

What is this about?

The 2017 Hands-on Project is looking for ideas on how to communicate the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals in an innovative manner. The participants will work in virtual international teams over a period of several weeks to devise a concept on a topic of their choice. The project is made up of different tasks that are revealed to the teams successively over the course of the project. This approach fosters team building, joint research and cooperation along with innovative thinking across borders while strengthening skills such as concept development or the capacity to engage in communication and cooperation. Join in!

What is the 2030 Agenda?

By adopting the 2030 Agenda at a United Nations summit in September 2015, all member states agreed to solve the global challenges of our times in a joint effort. The 2030 Agenda was developed under wide-ranging participation of civil societies around the world and marks a milestone in the more recent history of the United Nations.

The agenda applies to all nations of the world – to developing, emerging and industrial countries alike: All of them must make a contribution. It is intended as the foundation for creating economic progress in unison with social justice and within the earth’s ecological limitations.

17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitute the agenda’s core; they take all three dimensions of sustainability (social, ecological and economic) equally into account. But what is the concrete significance of the 2030 Agenda and what do the 17 goals stand for? What are the effects of the SDGs for every one of us? And how can we make sure that as many people as possible can find out about these goals and learn from them?


A jury of four experts from the fields of sustainability and education will select the winning teams and award the prizes. The jury will assess and reward the contributions according to fixed criteria. The jury consists of:

Jane Krüger, blogger and expert on “Early Childhood Education” and “Education for Sustainable Development”, Berlin

Christian Maria Mäntele, Head of the #17Ziele (“17 Goals”) Project, Engagement Global, Bonn

Dr. Akinyemi Gabriel Omonijo, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s International Climate Protection Fellowship Alumni, Nigeria

Anna Schwachula, Network Manager SDSN Germany, Bonn