India’s first Sustainable Development Goals interschool Quiz
“Which state has the title of being the sweetest part of India?” to “What connects Mahavir Phogat to Eklavya?”, the Sky Education’s Vision 2030 – The India Quiz began on a promising note. The quiz resonated well with the 71st Republic Day. The core theme was the combination of India and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or simply the SDGs. Held in honour of the People President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the quiz brought in overwhelming participation and joy. Danish Aga, Co Founder of Sky Education, the organising team, whose goal is to create an awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals says, it’s just the beginning.
With over 40 Schools participating and the media partner Hindustan Times, outreach there were over two thousand entries competing as to who would make it to the final eight. The first two online elimination rounds were managed by the technology partner 3RDFlix. The audience were equally electric vying for the smart audience prizes given away by the generous members of the e-cell TISS team, including the much in demand Imagica vouchers and Sky’s Candle curriculum. The Convention centre at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences was the magnificent host that saw over 600 people attending the gala finals.Final eight schools made it to stage namely; Children’s Academy Ashok Nagar, JBCN Borivali, Chembur English High School, St. Xavier’s High School, St. John’s Universal School, Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School, D.Y.Patil International School Nerul, Golden Sparrow Unschool.
As the quiz entered it’s final lap, we had a surprise visitor from Saturn’s Titan. Yes, there were questions on Thanos and his infinity stone and a cool Thanos doll replica as the gift.`Who returned home to her two dogs, Moses and Roxy after her work in United States?’ was the opening question of the SDG round. The answer of course was Time person of the year, Greta Thunberg. And yes, there was actually a girl dressed up as our climate crusader for the answer. The quiz master Dawood Vaid from Sky Education was at his wits end with some funny, impromptu answers from the right top teams. With rounds on the recent Australian bush fire to the Gates Foundation Goalkeeper award, Sky Education truly made the SDG a talking point among schools. Students can get a free trial at www.skyeducation.in for their Life Skills and Global Goals curriculum as an extension of the successful quiz.After an evening of more questions, there were some worthy winners for the magnificent SDG trophy and yes, drones and more eco friendly prizes.
The Junior category aptly named The Scientist was won by D. Y. Patil International School, Nerul and the honours for the senior The President category was lapped by a Seawoods based unschool, Golden Sparrow. Truly it was the return of India as the Sone ki Chirya. Jai Hind!