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Teachers' contest – International Day of Forests 2019

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest! We received over 100 entries from around the world.

Ngalim Franklin Njaiwo from Cameroon won the teachers’ video contest. Honourable mentions also went to Diane Dealey Neill from the United States of America and Lolita Šteinberga from Latvia. 

The winning entry: Ngalim Franklin Njaiwo from Cameroon

Honourable mentions

Diane Dealey Neill, United States of America

Lolita Šteinberga, Latvia

Contest description


The 2019 theme for the International Day of Forests is ‘Forests and Education’ and we want the world to know how you educate children and youth about the importance of trees and forests. Today, when more than half the world’s population lives in cities and are increasingly disconnected from nature, it is more essential than ever to bring an understanding and awareness of forests and their benefits into children’s lives at an early age.

We’re inviting teachers and instructors to send us a short video that shows how you provide children with a foundation to better understand the importance of forests and trees for our planet’s future. This could be a video of a traditional class, a field trip into the forest, an art or music lesson or even a yoga class. 

Your contribution will be posted on FAO’s website and the winner of the contest will join us at FAO headquarters in Rome to help celebrate the International Day of Forests on 21 March 2019 and to demonstrate how children and youth are taught about the importance of forests.

The deadline has been extended until 15 February 2019.

How do I enter?

To enter the contest, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Make a short video that shows how you teach children and youth about the importance of forests. The video should not exceed 1 minute and can be produced with any professional or non-professional device (smartphone, tablet, video camera). The image quality must be in High Definition (HD) or in Standard Definition (SD). Both are common image quality standards, which are usually provided in cameras and smartphones after the year 2000.
  2. Fill in the entry form. 

Submitted entries

  • Chandralekha Mestri
    https://youtu.be/bwNpLxqG2GU
  • Leisan Shavalieva
    https://youtu.be/gG79y_lPtc8
  • Vannessa Linda KAPCHE
    https://youtu.be/JdXdx7nZPAI
  • Jerylee Wilkes-Allemann
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1zUPD2vusc
  • Irmi Bydlinski
    https://youtu.be/IlUVefFHSTg
  • Aruna Varsani
    https://youtu.be/M4gSQ3zLdXs
  • Lolita Šteinberga
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWRJPt4E928
  • Наталья Козлова
    https://youtu.be/vKowaRkUR9s
  • Klavdija Klinar
    https://youtu.be/8rJGCzRjxSA
  • Wan Mohd Nazri Wan Abdul Rahman
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO31_6LvsSY&feature=youtu.be
  • David Turan
    https://youtu.be/W7D_uo5LAG8
  • Nicolas Mariacher
    https://youtu.be/-5e02J8V_sc
  • Luis Antonio Valencia Ocampo
    https://youtu.be/4qRbC1f1Hak
  • Barbara Favento
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONDaq-fjzKM
  • Tyler Dixon
    https://youtu.be/7yPNgonavsc
  • Bonny Glendenning
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6cg7hY6PmI&feature=youtu.be
  • Deborah Williams
    https://youtu.be/zzU0VOBwBBw
  • Claire Armbrust
    https://youtu.be/j6cZ8cc594Q
  • Chelsee Schram
    https://youtu.be/SvSR7OEMMzc
  • Tom Linnell
    https://youtu.be/SZ94cGYrr9U
  • Elisabeth Stefan
    https://youtu.be/hK1ADcjkltI
  • Norma Vidal
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omdUgjvFvAY
  • Federico Biesing
    https://youtu.be/vIWKfxlnR64
  • Maike Wanders
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srRMWP4xxX8
  • María Emilia y Oliver Torres Arcos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sash62voKlA&t=1s
  • Lisa Wilcke
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfsrtQsBgS8
  • OTMANE FARDEHEB
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okgJx7Vlus0
  • Achmad Solikhin
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_pk6oPOL9E&list=UUqrM1zZD0omL5ArbfF5z_1Q&index=13
  • Amy Musler
    https://youtu.be/mn8bdSRjSNo
  • Elena Daniela Balcan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQQDoOsps-c