Make Your Mark challenges young people to share a vision for the future of education. A vision that challenges us to think about the status quo. The most inspiring entries will capture this vision and express it effectively with clear links to NCEA.

While each category has its own entry requirements, every entry will also be evaluated on how well it meets these 3 criteria.

Effectiveness of expression

Your entry should effectively communicate your vision, ideas and cultural identity. The entry will make use of text, images or mixed media to engage a wide audience. This criterion is the main focus for Young Minds Young Dreams.

Degree of innovation

Your ideas will challenge our existing thinking and will be innovative. The judges will be looking for entries that are more likely to make a real difference to the current education system or experience of our young people.

Upward arrow showing stages of innovation from Improve to Transform

Vision for the future of NCEA

Your entry will communicate how your ideas could have a positive impact for young New Zealanders.

You should use one or more of the following to help you describe and focus your entry:

  • Experience of NCEA – this could be you, or someone in your family or whanau, who can tell you what they would like to happen with NCEA
  • Relevance to NCEA – think about how your ideas relate to what an NCEA graduate might be or do
  • How NCEA connects with others – what’s important for your school, town or environment?

Resources you will find useful are:

Check out the vision statements and key competencies in these:

Make your Mark competition booklet

All the information you need to know about the Make your Mark competition can be found in the competition booklet [PDF 3.4MB]