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Monday19 February 2018

What is Golden Climate?

Golden Climate International Environment Project Olympiad (GCIEPO) is the biggest science project competition for primary and secondary(high) schools. It organized and hosted in Kenya annually by Light Academy Schools. Golden Climate is the biggest competition of its kind in East and Central Africa, attracting the participation of over 30 countries since its inception in 2011, and an average participation of 20 countries each year since.

What we do

Golden Climate is completely non-profit event/organization, aimed at promoting a global understanding of environmental issues and the achievement of sustainability, while also providing challenges and opportunities for students, to instill in them the skills and knowledge needed to be the leaders, scientists, and engineers of the future, agents who will promote and contribute to greater environmental sustainability throughout the rest of their lives. It is devoted entirely to projects on environmental issues; searching for new and innovative ways of addressing various environmental challenges. 

Why Golden Climate?

Light Academy Schools promote learning beyond the walls of the classroom. In this quest, our students have been attending and participating in different international competitions (Olympiads) in other countries since 1998. The aim of these competitions is to broaden our students' vision and perspective of the world to diversify their knowledge, exposure and approach to learning. The experiences during these events are what led to the start of an Environmental Olympiad of our own, which we dubbed Golden Climate.

We see Golden Climate as an opportunity, not only for our students, but other Kenyan students as well, to engage in unique beneficial cooperative learning that gives then an international experience in their own country. It is an opportunity for foreign students to visit and share their knowledge while they themselves benefit from the opportunity to learn from their African counterparts.


Golden Climate has been growing in popularity since its humble inception in 2011. 

Golden Climate 2011, 1st Edition

The first edition of GCIEPO was held in Nairobi Light Academy, with 5 countries participating. There were a total of 35 registered projects from 5 countries namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, DR Congo and Ethiopia. 26 of the registered projects qualified for the finals and were acknowledged with different awards.

Golden Climate 2012, 2nd Edition

In 2012, the number of participating countries doubled from 5 to 10. The event was held at Light Academy Boys' Secondary School in Karen between 8th and 9th June 2013. There were a total of 105 registered projects out of which 50 projects were proceeded to the finals to compete for various awards. The countries that participated are;


Golden Climate 2013, 3rd Edition


The 3rd edition of GCIEPO was held in Nairobi between 2nd and 3rd May 2013. Over 250 projects were registered for the competition, from 28 countries. After eliminations, 100 projects from 20 countries were selected to compete at the finals. The countries that participated are;



Golden Climate 2014, 4th Edition

 In 2014, Golden Climate Olympiad was organized in a public arena at the KICC in Kenya's Capital Nairobi. Over 300 projects from 33 registered for participation, and 120 projects were selected for the finals. The exhibition ceremony was officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary to the Ministry for Education, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi who was accompanied by other dignitaries.

Golden Climate 2015, 5th Edition

In 2015 there were over 450 registered projects from 33 countries. 170 projects from 24 qualified to the finals where the projects competed for various awards. 

In the picture above, From Left, Mr. Isaiah Nyaribo - representing Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education, Mrs Leah Rotich -  representing Principal Secretary - Ministry of Education, Mr. Tendai Lewa - Mombasa County Executive Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Okwatsa Deputy County Director of Education, Mombasa County, and Mr. Bilal Karaduman - Chairman of Light Academy Schools cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Exhibition of Projects at the 5th Edition of Golden Climate International Environmental Project Olympiad at Light Academy International School, Mombasa.

Golden Climate 2016, 6th Edition

The 6th edition of Golden Climate Olympiad will be held in Nairobi between 30th April and 2nd May 2016 at Light International School, Nairobi. The event is expected to attract students and teachers from over 20 countries. The participants will converge in Nairobi for the Exhibition of projects on 20th April, followed by the award ceremony on 2nd May 2016 at the Light International School Auditorium in our Karen Campus.

Be part of Golden Climate Olympiad in 2016

You can participate in the 6th Edition of Golden Climate Olympiad in 2016. If you you are a teacher and do not have an account yet, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. If you already have a account, LOGIN HERE to create a project or edit existing project details.

Be a Sponsor

Organizing Golden Climate is a demanding undertaking in terms of time, resources and finances. You can help lighten this burden by working with us through sponsorship. We have been working with like-minded companies, institutions as well as educational and government bodies in facilitationg Golden Climate. If you would like to know more about sponsoring Golden Climate Olympiad, please check our SPONSORSHIP page. You can also see OUR 2015 SPONSORS here.