We understand your concerns regarding the difficulties in conducting projects with students during this period. Over the past few months, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed our way of life around the world and in Singapore. But the threat of climate change does not pause even in the midst of crisis and we would like to urge teachers and students to rise to the occasion and continue to lead environmental change and action within your school and community.
Hence, we made the decision to proceed with the programme this year with a few revisions to its criteria and requirements so as to better safeguard all participants.
How has the criteria have been modified taking into consideration the Covid 19 situation (i.e. physical outreach projects cannot be conducted this year)?
Part B (Outreach Projects) portion of the SGA is modified in light of the concerns some teachers raised about not being able to conduct outreach projects to the community. For this year, we encourage schools to conduct their environmental outreach projects within the school population or to the community through digital means.
Hence, schools are not required to carry out physical outreach activities with the community. Instead, the Part B criteria is looking for projects that addresses and educates about an environmental issue of your choice within the school population. Schools may consider running their campaigns with the help of posters, videos, social media and website to spread the message.
How do we plan activities, keeping in mind the safety protocols (max of 5 pupils for group activities)?
For group activities, it is the responsibility of the teachers and schools to ensure that safe management measures are taken and are in compliance with the regulatory standards set by the authorities.
This includes temperature-taking, as well as mask-wearing at all times – except when engaging in strenuous activities. Teachers are to adhere to group size of 5pax in each group, with 1m spacing between each individual. Teachers are also to ensure no mingling between groups throughout the activities, and keep activities to a maximum of two hours, if possible.
Can schools be awarded the Sustained Vanda award if we skip this year in view of the Covid-19 situation?
As we are proceeding with SGA with the criteria modified to take into account the considerations of the COVID-19 situation, we strongly encouraged schools to take part in this year’s SGA. This pandemic is a reminder of the potential impacts that a global disruption, such as climate change, can have on the world. All of us have a part to play to contribute to building a green future of sustainability.
The programmes mentioned are initiatives by our partners.
- Happy Toilet Programme : http://www.toilet.org.sg/happytoilets
- Mozzie Wipeout Campaign : https://www.nea.gov.sg/programmes-grants/campaigns/do-the-mozzie-wipeout-campaign
- Project Buddy Clean : https://www.cgs.gov.sg/programmes/school-programmes/buddy-clean-workshop
- One Million Trees : https://www.nparks.gov.sg/trees
You can work directly with the agencies to run these initiatives with your students. If you are not able to do so, you may opt to run the programme internally within your school while meeting the learning objectives of the programme. We encourage creativity in your external green initiatives.
In view of the extraordinary circumstances this year, SEC will also be more lenient in your participation in these programmes.
Part B projects should just focus on one of the GreenDNA themes. If you are not sure which category your project falls under, feel free to contact us and we can help advise on this.
Water consumption will surely increase much this year due to the frequent washing of hands for hygiene purpose. Will it affect the results of the school?
No it will not. The purpose of tracking your consumption is so that the school will be able to have a library of data that can be used as a reference to track the effectiveness of future campaigns.
My school has already completed our community outreach project for 2020. Can we submit that instead of conducting a new project with the modified criteria?
We encourage teachers to submit their responses according to the modified requirements in your SGA submission (Idea/Problem, Campaign, Impact). This will help ensure that judging assessment will be fair across all schools.
Each school will be allowed to submit ONE application consisting of Part A and Part B with the unique set of login details provided. It is great if there has been more than one outreach project carried out in the year, however please choose to submit only one project for Part B, preferably the newest and most impactful initiative.
Schools should answer both Part A and Part B in order to score the most points possible to achieve one of the SGA tiered level awards. Part A accounts for 50% of the overall SGA score, while Part B accounts for the remaining 50%. Both parts are scored based on a point system. We will also take into consideration the supporting materials provided as attachments.
You may refer to the SGA Framework for more information.
Yes, you can! If your school has carried out environmental initiatives with the community in previous years and intend to continue running it for 2020, please share it with us! It does not need to be a completely new activity, although it would be nice to see how creative your ideas can be for this year.
The assessment period for 2020 is from 1 September 2019 to 16 October 2020. Schools’ submission of answers and projects should have taken place within this time frame.
There is no limit to the number of individuals in the green team! Teachers in-charge could hand pick a few key individuals from the green/environment club to take charge of the project. Alternatively, a whole class could also represent the school with their outreach project.
We have implemented a word limit to the questions in Part B to ensure that all schools will submit a fair amount of information as best as possible. Please try to revise your answer to fit the word limit, or include more pictures in the supporting documents to better explain your school’s project.
We strongly recommend that all schools complete their online SGA submission 60 days from the date that you “save and continue” your submission. All data might be cleared or refreshed after 60 days. However, the 60 days will also reset every time you log in to work on your application and save it.