Children and adults alike discover through the Design for Change Challenge that “I Can” are the two most powerful words a person can believe. Children who have discovered this are changing their world. With its inspirational roots in Ahmedabad in India, the global movement has inspired hundreds of thousands of children, their teachers and parents, to discover that they matter, that change is possible and that they can lead and inspire change themselves.
The contest asked students to do three very simple things: Feel, Imagine, and Do. What the contest made visible was that this framework inspired children across the world to say "I Can!"Children of all ages are designing and implementing projects that really touch the heart of their communities. Children are dreaming up and leading brilliant ideas all over the world, from catching rainwater and saving it in ‘water sheds’ to challenging age-old superstitions in rural communities, from campaigning for better conditions for children in urban environments to educating adults in literacy, sustainability and environmental good practice, from earning their own money to finance school computers to alleviating hardship in troubled communities – children are proving that they have what it takes to be better stewards of the plant than previous generations.