SDG School

A Global Immersion Program for Youth Changemakers (18+)

“Connecting Youth, Empowering Communities: Building a Sustainable Future Together”

our impact since 2016

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the program attracts multidisciplinary stakeholders

Partners for 2023

What is the SDG School?

SDG School is a hybrid experiential learning program that brings interdisciplinary and multicultural groups together to work on problems and take ownership for community led action towards UN Sustainable Development Goals. It gives the participants the framework to fit themselves into the larger planetary goals and exposes them to a real life network of organizations, mentors and peers to start their sustainable journeys.

what makes THE PROGRAM different

Highlights of the SDG School

Phase 1

10 day social entrepreneurship virtual bootcamp for rapid prototyping solutions using design thinking, frugal innovation and making in interdisciplinary teams

Phase 2

Select teams get an opportunity to come to Makers Asylum, Goa for “Acceleration Residency” to further build their project prototypes with our community support & resources.

Phase 3

On completion of the residency, these select teams get exposure to the right stakeholders and changemakers to transform their ideas into real world solutions.

Collaboration & Community

Be part of an amazing tribe of globally conscious problem solvers.

Calling changemakers

Who is the program for?

SDG school is open for all the youth, but does not have an upper limit. As age is just a number 🙂 

The United Nations, for statistical purposes, defines ‘youth’, as those persons between the ages of 18 and 35 years, without prejudice to other definitions by Member States.

The program is ideal for anyone who wants to start their sustainability journey and learn how to create a positive social impact

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Program Framework

sustainable development goals framework

meet the PEOPLE

Advisory Board

Eric Falt
Director, UNESCO
Navi Rajdou
Indo-French-American Scholar & Writer
Rozita Singh
Head of Solutions Mapping, UNDP India
Dhimant Parekh
Founder, The Better India

Past Mentors & Experts

Sabrina Merlo
Senior Director, UC Berkeley
Gaell Mainguy
Director, Learning Planet Institute
Sameera Chukkapalli Holmes
Founder, Needlab
Jaideep Prabhu
Professor, University of Cambridge
Joyce Poan
Chief of Education, UNESCO
Sonam Wangchuk


The first part of the program was be held from 20th Feb to 3rd March 2023 in an experiential online format consisting of team work, presentations, workshops, mentorship and more. Scheduled Monday through Friday, 5.00 -8.30 PM IST. 

The second part is an Acceleration Program hosted in Goa from the 13th-16th of March 2023. This was a physical residency at Maker’s Asylum and had select teams to build on and prototype their solutions. 

Then next cohort is scheduled to be in July 2023.

Application deadline (Early) : 31st May 2023
Application deadline (Late) : 15th June 2023

The program fee for participation is 24950 + GST. You can also apply for partial scholarship.

The SDG School intake is an application based process. Anyone 18 years and above can apply for the program. We do not have any prerequisites, but it’s a subjective application form accounting for eligibility and invitation. The program fee for participation is INR 24950 + GST. We offer up to 90% scholarships for qualifying candidates. All applications that indicate need for scholarship will be considered only if submitted before the early deadline. Applications submitted afterwards will not be considered for scholarships.

If selected, you will be assigned to a team (4-5 people) that will comprise multidisciplinary participants. Through the journey of the program you will together identify a problem statement and prototype a solution for it by the end of 10 days together as a team. This journey will take you through various forms of interactions and exposure on how to work together, new concepts of innovation and design, plethora of mentors and experts and a systematic knowledge processing to think and act differently.

A tangible solution prototype for a specific user group along with your interdisciplinary team

  • International Exposure
  • Opportunity to work in cross cultural teams
  • Get early access to a network of organizations & partners working on social impact & SDGs
  • Solving real world problems
  • Mentorship & facilitation by experts in the field of sustainable development
  • Be part of global tribe & community of changemakers
  • Certificate by UNESCO, The Better India & Maker’s Asylum
  • Potential opportunity to come to Goa for the Acceleration Program 

No. Only select teams will get an opportunity to be part of the Acceleration Program in Goa at Maker’s Asylum

No. There is no additional fee for the Acceleration Program. Only stay will be provided for qualifying participants in Goa.

  • Live Experiential Online
  • Weekdays 5pm IST – 8:30 pm IST
  • 20th Feb – 3rd March 2023

No. This is a learning program to help you go out of your comfort zone and address challenges related to the SDGs. You will be put into new groups and interact with unknown peers from across the world to challenge your status quo and learn new ways of social innovation.

Absolutely! SDG School is one large family and a safe space to do more in the future. It’s a starting point to your sustainability journey.

You will have some pre program reading to do apart from attending the sessions over the 10 days. We recommend you go through the same in order to be better prepared for the program.

Yes there is a certificate of completion issued by Maker’s Asylum, UNESCO & The Better India for the program provided you have participated and contributed on all days of the program.


Glimpses of the program in various formats

SDG School, Paris
SDG School, Mumbai
SDG School, Virtual
SDG School, Grenoble
SDG School, Virtual
SDG School, Goa