'Your World' Competition is a flagship activity of British Council Partner Schools programme organized by the British Council. Students who take UK qualifications (International GCSE and A Level) in partner schools will be invited to participate in the eighth annual '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 eighth Your World global competition!

About the competition

The theme for the 2022-23 Your World video competition is Good Health and Well-being linking directly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 3.

As the world recovers from a global pandemic, the lasting effect it has had on health and wellbeing is still being felt. This year's theme is a chance to reflect and address how our communities can tackle this. There is a shortage of health workers in many regions and health workers have been stretched to their limits by the pandemic. It is estimated that per 10,000 people in Northern America there are 150 nurses and midwives. For the same number of people in Sub-Saharan Africa it is estimated there are only 10 nurses and midwives.

If current trends continue, only 39 per cent to 63 per cent of the global population will be covered by essential health services by 2030. Illness and death from communicable diseases is therefore expected to spike. In addition to this there has been a surge in mental health issues around the world.

To overcome these challenges, we need to first promote and protect our own health, raise awareness in our community about the importance of good health, healthy lifestyles and then find solutions to pressing health concerns described above. To do this we need to innovate through ideas that will help us address these. The Your World Video Competition is the perfect place to start.

By choosing to ensure healthy lives and promoting well-being we will build prosperous societies. For instance, by solving the shortage of medical staff, whether through recruitment, training, retention or other strategies, there will be greater access to healthcare for populations, leading to improved health throughout the community. Another example may be that by establishing ways to promote mental wellbeing with the community through a structured plan, the burden on the health sector could be reduced and experts could be developed within the field.

Therefore, we need to creatively rethink our view of health and well-being. Your social action project should aim to improve health and well-being, through actions that deal with an issue for a community of your choice, highlighting an issue and its impacts on an identified community. Your identified community could be the local community or even your school community.

Your social action project could explore one of the following ideas:

  • Raising awareness in your community about the importance of good health and healthy lifestyles.
  • Improving mental health through creating support groups.
  • Lowering the transmission rates of diseases.
  • Ensuring communities recover from healthcare disruptions from Covid-19, including recruitment, development, training, and retention of the health workforce.

Or any other idea that looks at improving health and well-being of a community, big or small including your school over the long term.

In completing the project, you might want to speak to experts or ministers in the fields your project is exploring. Experts might also be persuaded to look at ideas in more depth.

Guidelines and impact


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.

Assess local needs

The live action video or animated style video should highlight how the issues have been identified, how it is relevant to building a brighter future within a defined community and, most importantly, how strongly the public message has been conveyed through this video. In addition to identifying a key area, students in their teams should suggest possible solutions for the highlighted issues in their live action video or animated style video.

The community could be their country, town or city, school or a group of people large or small. 

Students need to think about the following questions when planning their 3 minutes live action video or animated style video:

  • Have local needs been identified accurately?
  • Do the outcomes of the assessment justify the proposed idea?
  • Is the issue a priority for the target community?
  • How innovative or unique is the live action video or animated style video?


The live action video or animated style video made needs to demonstrate that the issue highlighted is real and suggestions/recommendations achievable in its approach and intended impact.


The live action video or animated style video needs to present the impact well and demonstrate what positive changes it would bring about if put into action and that community considerations have been taken into account. The aim of the impact should be long-term.

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

Applications for overseas studies

It is becoming increasingly common for students to demonstrate activities they are doing outside of the classroom in support of their applications. This competition will demonstrate a commitment on behalf of students to developing themselves proactively in their free time and their awareness about social and environmental issues around them.

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)

30 November 2022 Deadline for schools to submit (all) their students registration details to the British Council
9 December 2022 Deadline for British Council staff to review received registration details and ensure all is in order and confirm to schools
27 February 2023

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.

4 March 2023

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

April 2023 British Council to announce national 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 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 receive 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:

Global 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.

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

Global winner Columbia Colegio San Bartolome                    
EU Cyprus The Grammar School
Middle East & North Africa Jordan The New English School
Sub-Saharan Africa Ghana Akosombo International School
East Asia Myanmar  Institute of International Professionalism
South Asia Bangladesh Sunbeams

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

Winners of 2021-2022 “Your World“ Competition

Global winner Ghana Akosombo International School             
EU Cyprus The Grammar School, Nicosia
Middle East & North Africa Qatar The Next Generation School (QA038)
South America Peru Colegio San Andrés
South Asia Sri Lanka Musaeus College
East Asia Myanmar NIEC International School

Country winner: St. John’s College Changchun

Special prizes in China (in no particular order)

Best Editing Video: Ningbo Lihuili High School
Best Video of Innovation: Shanghai International School of Britain Australia New Zealand
Best Content Video: Wuhan Foreign Languages School
Best Video of Impact: St. John’s College Changchun
Best Guiding Teacher: St. John’s College Changchun

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