Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
The Canadian Baccalaureate Diploma Program/ Programme Du Diploma du Baccalaureat Canadien
Explain your project in details:
The CBDP qualification is designed in response to the persisting problems of "credential inflation" and "educational inequity" in Canada. It aims to challenge gifted students, and provide incentives for socioeconomically disadvantaged students to pursue a postsecondary education by allowing them to complete upward to 60 Credits hours (3-credits system) while they are still in High School. The qualification is designed to be flexible and interest-oriented as a response to the rigid high school compulsory curriculum that stifle students innovation, and desensitize them into a college-preparatory learning for the test factory worker. Apart from the English Language Arts, Foreign Language Arts and Mathematics requirement, the student can choose a minimum of four elective subjects from English,Foreign Language, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Science and Applied Sciences. As such, a student can design the curriculum so as to meet their individualized goal for the future, such as designing a curriculum that prepare them for Economics major. As a part of their curriculum, the student must complete a 125-hour module in College and Career Readiness, and Citizenship Studies, and a Major Case Studies and Innovation Project to better-equipped them with the necessary life and professional skill necessary to lead an independent life, and pursue a venture of their choice Unlike the exam-oriented curriculum of the AP and IB Diploma Program, the CBDP is a coursework-and-project-based qualification. In lieu of standardized testing, the course will be designed and implemented by their high school teachers,who must be accredited by a Board of Governor, in conjunction with a postsecondary faculty member so as to ensure the coursework meets postsecondary-level requirement. The B.O.G will work closely with the Ministries of Education and Higher Education of each provinces to ensure the clarity and transferability academic credentials across Canada, and potentially the global community
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The CBDP aims to replicate the effect of Dual Enrollment and Dual Credits program, as recorded by the 2011 Blackboard Institution, from the United States. Idealistically, when the program is implemented, the students will find it is easier to transit from High School to Postsecondary education, as well as being able to boast higher GPA and timely-completion for their Undergraduate education. It will also reduce the cost of a college education by allowing students to attain upward to 60 hours Credits. Thus, saving the students tuition, and reducing the faculty-student ratio. All of these will reduce work-related stress for post-secondary tuition payment, as well as increasing professionalization and concentration of their specialist field. More importantly, if properly implemented, the program will also provide an inclusive academically-challenging for all socioeconomically disadvantaged students. It will reduce high school dropout rate, increase motivation and aspiration for students to pursue a higher education, and assisting low-performing students to achieve high academic expectation. The public and the economy will also be benefited greatly from the program. The CBDP aims to foster citizenship responsibility and contribution toward their community and country, such as voting and political campaigning, through increase understanding of the Canadian and western democracies, world issues and trends, as well as involvement in community services. More importantly, the CBDP will inspire the citizens to formulate, and potentially implement, innovative ideas and projects which remediate the global injustices. Finally, the College and Career Readiness seminar and Major Case Studies and Innovation Project aims to provide the students with the necessary skill to lead an independent life, and pursue their own venture. It will foster the 21st century skills which the postsecondary institutions has failed to transfer upon the students, as identified by the CUSC 2015 survey and Canadian Business Council 2016 survey.
Sustainability and future plans
Since the Canadian provincial government has began piloting Dual Credits and Dual Enrollment program across the nation, it wont be a challenge to research and implement an effective and inclusive DC-DE program. If the plan is accepted for passage, we will mobilize the Canadian federal and provincial government, public policy think tanks, postsecondary and secondary institutions across the nation to invest in the programs, either financially or administratively through advices on program structure, implementation and assessment. Once the formal structure of the program has been formulate, we will first piloted the program to high-achieving and gifted students, before moving to the economically disadvantaged students so as to monitor and adjust the program to cater toward all students population. The Pilot program will take at least five-six years, similar to the AP and IB Program, before it can become mainstream for public usage. Essential subjects, such as English Composition, Calculus and Canadian History, will be among the first piloted subjects, before the other courses can be formed on the basis of students and communities demand. Once the program is proven to be successful in the national level, we will move toward promoting the CBDP in Canadian, and potentially other, international schools across the globe. The success of the program will be determined by the number of student enrollment, the GPA of the student after one year of postsecondary enrollment, the number of credits hours completed, and the number of years required to complete the program For further information on fundings, organizational structure, implementation plans and vision of the program, you can check the following document: externalfile:drive-b17c70b76f6dfe9385ceb00f4212773ae4c47424/root/CANADIAN BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAM.pdf
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Quang Dang Nguyen, and I am currently an eighteen years old Vietnamese International high school student in Canada. I spent the first sixteen years of my life living and studying in Vietnam before receiving an international exchange program scholarship in the United States. Between the August of 2016 and July of 2017, I resided in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, California with my host family. During my time in the States, I received a first place in the Simi Valley PTA Literature competition, and was on the honor roll in my High School. I was also engaged in several social justice club meeting, including the Simi Valley Youth Summit 2017. Currently, I am completing my High School Diploma program in Alberta,Canada. After graduating from High School, I will spend a gap year in Vietnam before joining my brother in Finland, Europe. I have taken online MOOC courses in educational leadership, educational policy, History of US education system, comparative education, and the inclusive and diversity in education As a child, I was taught by my parent that an education is the key, and roots, to solve all of the social problems that is perpetrating the contemporary global society. Feeling handicapped by the Vietnamese outdated and totalitarian ideological education, I took my chance to the United States, where i finally found my passion in further an inclusive and innovation-oriented education. Now, in Canada, where i consider as my home, I am more determined to further pursue my passion in education and entrepreneurial leadership by formulating the CBDP in response to the Canadian educational problems within the nation. One of my philosophy in formulating the CBDP is that: "stop the deprivation and desensitization of student's potential" and "spread the message of democratic, multicultural and entrepreneurial society across the globe"