Afro Teen Innovation Challenge 2024®

School Nomination portal

By nominating  students, you enable them to join a community committed to making a difference.
Follow these guidelines to ensure your nomination is complete.


Welcome to the School Nomination Portal for the Afro Teen Tech4Climate Action Innovation Challenge! This initiative empowers the youth of Ghana and Nigeria to address climate change through technological innovation. Schools play a pivotal role in this journey by nominating and endorsing their brightest students who are committed to making a difference. You’ll find all the necessary information to complete the nomination process here.

Purpose of nomination

The school nomination confirms the authenticity of the student’s application and supports their proposal with an educational endorsement. It’s an opportunity for schools to champion their students’ innovative potential and facilitate their contributions to a global challenge.


Nominees must be students in Years 9-12 currently enrolled in your institution. Students must be interested in technology, innovation, or climate action.
Only 5 nominations per school are allowed.

Select students based on their interest in technology and climate action, their innovative ideas, and their ability to carry out the proposed project.

Nomination Process

Application Open

Sunday, March 31st, 2024

Nomination Deadline

Friday, May 31st, 2024

Student Application Notification

  • Students interested in participating will complete their part of the application and notify their school for nomination.

Inform Students and Parents:

  • Notify chosen students and their parents about the nomination. Explain the challenge, its importance, and what being nominated entails.

Support Application Preparation:

  • Assist students in preparing their project proposals, ensuring they meet the challenge criteria.
  • Help students with the technical requirements and content creation for their video pitch, ensuring it is filmed in landscape orientation and communicates their project idea.

School Nomination Form

  • Access the School Nomination Form 
    The form will require the following information: School details (name, address, contact information). Student details (name, grade/year, project title).
  • Attest and endorse each nominated student, confirming their academic standing, character, and suitability for the challenge.

Submit Project Proposals

  • Upload the student’s project proposal and video pitch link.
  • Ensure that the project and video adhere to the competition guidelines provided to the students.


  • Upon submission, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a summary of the submitted information and further steps or updates regarding the challenge.

Submission Guidelines for Schools

  • Review each nominated project to ensure it aligns with the challenge’s aims and criteria.
  • Confirm that the student’s video pitch is uploaded to the appropriate platforms (YouTube Shorts, Instagram Reels, TikTok Shorts) and properly tagged.
  • Ensure that all submissions are completed before the deadline: Sunday, June 30th, 2024

Application preparation

This challenge is more than a competition; it’s a call to action for students to apply their creativity, passion, and innovation towards developing sustainable solutions that address critical environmental issues, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Project Proposal Requirements

Concept and Innovation
  • Title and Summary:
    •  A concise title and a summary that captures the essence of your project.
  • Problem Statement: 
    • Clearly define the climate or environmental issue your project addresses.
    • Clearly define the environmental or climate challenge your project addresses.
  • Innovative Solution:
    • Demonstrate the innovation and uniqueness of your solution.
    • Describe your proposed solution, emphasising its innovative aspects and how 
Scalability and Impact
  • Explain how your project can be scaled or adapted to different contexts, highlighting the potential for broader impact.
  • Explain how your project can be scaled up or replicated for a broader impact.
  • Discuss the potential environmental impact and how it contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Discuss the expected impact of your project and its alignment with specific United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Budget and Startup Stage
  • Present a detailed budget showing how the initial $500 funding will be used to reach the startup stage of your project.
  • Outline how the $500 grant will be utilised to achieve the startup stage, including a detailed budget and timeline.
  • Your budget should include all necessary materials, resources, and activities to launch your project.

Outline the feasibility of your project, including technical requirements, timeframes, and potential challenges.

Video Pitch Guidelines

  • Introduce yourself and your team (if applicable).
  • Present your project idea, the problem it solves, and your proposed solution.
  • Highlight the innovation, potential impact, and how it will reach the startup stage with the initial funding.
  • Introduce your team, the problem you’re addressing, your innovative solution, its scalability, and the impact on climate action. Show your passion and the potential of your idea.
  • Explain the scalability of your project.
Technical Requirements
  • The video must be filmed in landscape orientation.


At most, 3 minutes.

Ensure audio and visual quality; speak clearly and position yourself in good lighting.

Uploading and Sharing
  • Upload your video to YouTube Shorts, Instagram Reels, and TikTok Shorts.
  • Tag Edufair Africa on all platforms to ensure your submission is noticed.
  • Include relevant hashtags provided by the challenge organisers to increase visibility #edufairafrica #edufairafricastudytour #afroteentech4climate #tech4climate #afroteeninnovationchallenge


Initial Review

Project Implementation

Final Defense

Video Call Interviews

Grand Finale

Applications are independently and blindly reviewed by six judges. Criteria include innovation, impact potential, feasibility, and alignment with SDGs. The top 20 finalists are chosen based on average scores.

The top 20 finalists receive $500 to implement their projects in partnership with our organisation.

Finalists submit project outcomes and defend their projects based on awareness, effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability criteria.

A six-member panel interviews the top 20 finalists to select the top 5 Winners.

The top 5 winners present their experiences and lessons in a 5-minute speech, followed by the award ceremony.

Final remarks

Please ensure your nomination includes information on why this student(s) and their project should be nominated for the Afro Teen Tech4Climate Action Innovation Challenge, highlighting how the project aligns with the challenge’s goals. Additionally, provide any additional comments on the student’s capabilities, past achievements, or relevant activities related to technology and climate action.

The student work is their own. As stated in the Terms and Conditions, they will retain the rights to any intellectual property surrounding their idea.

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