Call for Stories on the Transformation of Education through Design


Stories on the transformative power of design, and how it played a key role in shaping education in Singapore.

How the case links to the UN sustainable development goal: 

Referencing UN SDG 3, this project aimed to promote the transformative power of design and innovation in schools in the face of challenges to health and well-being during the 2020 global pandemic.

  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

What Was Done:

DesignSingapore Council has reached out to educators and students, in both public and private education institutions from around the world to share their stories on the use of Design. We sought all design-related stories, fromsuccesses, challenges, and those on how design has empowered individuals with the mindsets and skills for improving lives. The stories collected were curated and selected for schools’ presentation and sharing at the Design Education Summit to be held in February 2021.

How Things Were Done:

  • DesignSingapore worked with SUTD to collect and analyse teachers’ experiences of teaching Design and Design-based methods in Design Education. SUTD helped to create the framework for this call, the evaluation criteria and to shortlist stories of interest and merit.
  • Dsg also worked with Design for Change (DFC) Singapore which is part of a global movement of children and youth driving change by expressing and implementing their ideas for a better tomorrow. DFC helped to amplify the message of the Call through their channels.
  • Both Dsg, DFC and SUTD then amplified their efforts through outreach to their respective networks through social media and on other media platforms

Target Level of Education:

General Education : Primary, Secondary, Junior College, Institutes of Higher Learning


$ $10,000 (USD 7,300)

Materials Used in the Project:

Design Thinking resources, Design & Technology resources and facilities, STEM resources

Good Practices:

It was heartening to receive so many local and international entries but more importantly it showed the value of global outreach and networking with schools, and providing a platform for sharing of actions that were both inspiring and innovative. There was also diversity of submissions, from solving social challenges to bonding during the The Call will remain open for continued submissions.

Challenges We Faced / Things to Develop:

The majority of submissions were from older students in upper secondary up to university levels, with few from primary schools. In future editions, more effort could be made to focus more on young and budding innovators. There has also been a real interest for a platform to showcase stories, judging from the requests which we received to extend the deadline for submission.


Ernest Paul


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