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The Minister of Sea, Ricardo Serrão Santos, issued the new Blue School challenge for the school year 2020/21!

Our Ocean in 2030” is directed at Blue Schools and students of all ages, engaging them in the UN Ocean Decade. There were two ways to participate:

🗣️ Debates – Commitments for Our Ocean in 2030
Each school promotes debates among the students to identify the 10 commitments of the school for a better Ocean in 2030. The school submits its list and their students take part in regional and national debates to select the 10 Blue School commitments for the Decade. 
    🗓️ Deadline: 31 march 2021

Ilustrations – How Do I Want the Ocean in 2030?
How do we want the Ocean to be in 2030? Students create an image (drawing, painting, digital, etc.) that answers this question, along with a sentence or slogan. Each school could submit up to 10 images from its students.

    🗓️ Deadline: 31 march 2021

In the following stage, three regional debates took place to select the 10 commitments of each region. Each Blue School selected their students to take part in these debates, that were live streamed on YouTube:


Afterwards, in 26 May, we will have the National Debate to reach a consensus regarding the 10 Blue School commitments for "Our Ocean in 2030".

To know more about the "Our Ocean in 2030" challenge, take a look at the detailed document (PT) of the challenge.


Blue School Day is celebrated on May 19 and, to mark the occasion in 2021, we ask our students to write and send letters in the name of the Ocean. The goal is to raise awareness among companies and brands, motivating them to become more responsible and engaged on the sustainability of the Ocean!

On Blue School Day, all schools must write and send letters to a company of their choice (one company per school) that supplies juice or individual packages of milk with disposable plastic straws.

Blue Schools should look for solutions and present alternatives to replace the use of disposable plastic straws. We urge them to be creative and to answer this challenge with a positive attitude, by challenging companies to form partnerships. Only working together can we foster significant changes.

Each school must send at least one letter, but they can send as many as they can! If a school decides to send only one letter, then it must be signed by as many students as possible. Letters should always be written by students, either individually or in group.

The letters should be sent on May 19 only, to really create a national movement on Blue School day. Envelopes must be identified with the “In the Name of the Ocean” sticker. On May 19, we also ask students and teachers to share photos of the action on social media, using the hashtags #DiaEscolaAzul #EmNomedoOceano #EscolaAzul #OceanDecade.

We are counting on you “In the Name of the Ocean”.

Download the template to write “In the Name of the Ocean”.

Download the sticker to put on the envelope.