“Your World” Competition is a flagship activity of Partner School Global Network (PSGN) programme organized by the British Council. Students who take UK qualifications (International GCSE and A Level) in PSGN schools will be invited to participate in the sixth annual PSGN Your World Video Competition. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to use their creativity and connect with each other while providing a window into their unique lives, environments and experiences. 

There will be a certificate for all students who enter. The winning video at country level will go to the regional finals to decide global winners. The global winners will win big prizes.

Participating in “Your World” means an opportunity for the students to showcase their talents and to compete with their peers from all over the world.

Welcome to the sixth Your World global competition!

About the competition

The theme for this year is ‘Building a brighter future’. Your short live action video or animated style video should highlight an issue for a defined community and suggests positive actions that people can take to bring about long term and sustainable change for the benefit of that community. This could be in your country, town or city, your school or a group of people large or small.

The video should focus on one of the following areas:

-Sustainable living

-Resilient communities

The social action project video could focus on how we can better support the community and individuals within it, to overcome challenges and suggest actions they can take to support them by reducing stress, building support networks, activities to build resilience such as teamworking, collaboration projects and the digital know-how to prosper in an uncertain future.

There is one age group for this competition: 14 to 17* and you should work in groups of three to five. The live action video or animated style video should be no more than three minutes long and you should use simple devices to make it such as your phone or tablet.

We want you to:

  • use your imagination and creativity!
  • keep in mind that students from very different cultures will be watching – let us see something of your world that will get the whole world watching!
  • Get the help of teachers in your school to provide feedback and suggestions on your ideas

There will be winners from your country, your region, and global winners. (For more information about the prize, please refer to the competition's leaflet

* Note that to be eligible for the global prize, students should be no older than 17 by August 31st 2021 in accordance with UK child protection regulations

The Covid 19 pandemic has affected nearly every country around the world to a greater or lesser extent with the risk to human life and the closure of many businesses and schools. The pandemic has already had a huge impact on the lives of people of all ages across the world. 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. There has also been time to reflect on our own lives and how we intend to make positive changes in our lifestyle choices and attitudes towards consumer culture as we begin to emerge from pandemic.

Students aged 14-17 will be working in teams of between 3-5 members, to make a 3 minute video that highlights an issue for a defined community and suggests positive actions that people can take to bring about long term and sustainable change for the benefit of that community.


Due to the changeable Covid 19 situation across countries, we have decided to give teams the choice of producing either a live action video or animated style video. The aim is to give as much flexibility as possible in the type of video that teams can produce according to the situation. Teams need to keep schools informed about plans around the video and ensure that they keep within both school and national guidelines throughout the making of the video.

Dos and Don’ts


• Students should feel free to interpret the theme in any way they want

• The live action video or animated style video should be vibrant and interesting to watch and likely include people from the community being described

• They should always keep in mind that students and other people from very different cultures will be watching–students should let them see something that really captures the essence of their community


• Students should not make a short documentary about a distant topic – for example, the charitable work of Bill Gates unless this work directly impacts their community

• In this competition, ‘Building a brighter future’ refers to our present-day and future lives. Students shouldn’t make a video about figures from history.

Who is it for

Students aged between 14 and 17

Each school can submit one entry in the age category above. Students must work in groups – as this is a collaborative effort – in teams of between three to five students. Students can also seek the advice and support of teachers in their school in producing this 3 minutes live action video or animated style video.

Benefits of participating in this global competition

  • Cross curricular focus

The theme of Building a brighter future can be related to many of the subjects that students study at school such as science, geography and global studies. Students can draw upon their knowledge of these subjects to produce a truly exceptional live action video or animated style video that highlights their skills and learning while making it.

  • Core Skills Development

By participating in this competition students will be developing these six core skills which will enable them to grow into well-rounded, creative and critical citizens, ready to engage with job markets and shape the future for themselves and future generations.

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Collaboration and communication
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Citizenship
  • Digital literacy
  • Student leadership

Judging criteria

Students have to submit live action video or animated style video focused on their world as they experience it. There is room for a great deal of creativity.

We are looking for live action video or animated style video of imagination and originality that will appeal to other students from a very different country.

The live action video or animated style video should have been made specifically for this competition.

Production quality is not included in our judging criteria. Criteria of selection will be based on:

  • Content: the originality of the idea
  • Structure: the way the idea is organised, laid out and presented
  • Visual design: the look and feel of the live action video or animated style video
  • Overall experience: message comprehension, impact on audience
  • Cultural sensitivity: presentation takes into account sensitivities of other cultures, countries and regions and must not contain content that others might interpret as offensive
  • The live action video or animated style video should focus on the impact on the community and how strongly the public message has been conveyed. The video must avoid political issues

How will it work? (format, process and timeline)

19 November 2020 Deadline for schools to submit (all) their students registration details to the British Council
30 November 2020 Deadline for British Council staff to review received registration details and ensure all is in order and confirm to schools
4 February 2021

Deadline for students to submit their live action video or animated style video entries to schools

What will they be doing:

• Students, via their schools, submit live action video or animated style video content as an mp4 file
• It will be a live action video or animated style video of no more than 3 minutes created through any device such as phones, iPads, video cameras…etc.

11 February 2021 Deadline for schools to submit their winning entry to the British Council
- Schools will assign an internal judging panel
- Schools’ internal judging panels will decide on the winning live action video or animated style video.
- Schools to upload the winners’ live action video or animated style video to Youku
25 February 2021 British Council to announce national winners

10-11 March 2021

(During Schools Now! Conference – Tentative Dates)

British Council to announce regional/global winners

In round two, country entries will be judged to choose a regional winner as well as the overall global winners

Rules and regulations

In order to ensure a smooth, transparent and fair delivery of this competition, please refer to the terms and conditions document which you need to read carefully and sign before you take part in the competition.


The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults we work with. We believe that everyone wherever they live in the world deserves to live in a safe environment.

The world is a very different place to what it was six months ago as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The British Council has had to review how its activity is delivered to maintain the very high standards that people worldwide have become accustomed to. Our priority is to ensure that everyone we work with remains as safe as possible at all times.

With continued uncertainties about the Covid-19 virus, the possible impact on people’s health and the fact that a vaccine to prevent the ongoing spread is yet to be found; the British Council has reviewed the global prize for this competition and a decision has been made to remove the week-long trip to the UK for the global winning team. This was not an easy decision to make but the safety of partner school students and staff is paramount. However, the British Council is offering a range of exciting prizes to recognise the efforts and success of the global winning team and the school.

The winner at country level will then go to the regional finals to decide global winners. All students who take part in the competition will receive a Certificate of Participation.

The exciting global prize is divided into 3 categories:

Students: A free online film course delivered by an internationally recognised film school from the UK. All participants will recieve a certificate of completion. An iPad will be awarded to each member of the winning team.

Teachers: Free Aptis test for up to 10 teachers from the winning partner school. Find more information about the Aptis test in the shared below link:


Winning Partner School: The winning school will be awarded a trophy. There will also be an exclusive opportunity to be hosted in our Facebook live show to celebrate the success of the winning partner school and their students in Your World competition 2020/2021.

Winners of 2019-2020 “Your World” Competition

Global winner                          Sri Lanka            Al Iman Schools 

EU                                           Cyprus                The Grammar School

South America                         Colombia            ASPAEN Colegio El Rosario

Middle East & North Africa      Jordan                 Islamic Educational College

Sub-Saharan Africa                 Malawi                Mzuzu International Academy

East Asia                                 Myanmar            NIEC International School

China Winner                          DUFE International Education Centre

Participating schools in China (this list is in no particular order): 

Hohhot No.2 High School

Hefei Run’an Boarding School

Cardiff and Vale College Changzhou 

Cardiff and Vale College Shanghai 

China Winners of 2020-2021 “Your World” Competition

Country winner: BIBS Beanstalk International Bilingual School Beijing 

Special prizes in China (in no particular order)

Best Editing Video: Hefei Run’an Boarding School

Best Video of Innovation: Middle School Attached to Sichuan University

Best Content Video: BIBS Beanstalk International Bilingual School Beijing

Best Video of Impact: BIBS Beanstalk International Bilingual School Beijing

Best Guiding Teacher: Middle School Attached to Sichuan University; Hefei Run’an Boarding School

For any queries about the competition, please contact us:

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