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Minecraft/UNESCO Global Build Challenge: Peace with Nature


Deadline: 19 November 2021

Join Minecraft and UNESCO in a global build competition to design sustainable solutions for your communities that help us live in harmony with nature. Students are invited to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Minecraft: Education Edition with curriculum to support teachers. Submissions are due on November 19.

This collaboration is an initiative of UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition and its launch coincides with a Pre-COP26 Youth4Climate event that will take place in Milan, Italy, from 28 to 30 September 2021.



STEP 1: Set up Minecraft: Education Edition

Make sure you have the latest version installed. You can check your version and update if necessary with these instructions.

STEP 2: Explore the challenge & SDGs

Invite your learners to join the Peace with Nature Challenge with our video trailer, lesson plan, and submission guide. Students will participate in small teams to design and build their sustainable solution in Minecraft: Education Edition.

STEP 3: Build in Minecraft

Students build their sustainable solutions in the custom ‘Peace with Nature’ world available in the in-game lesson library for Minecraft: Education Edition. Learn about sustainable development by meeting characters in Minecraft.

STEP 4: Submit to win Prizes

Create a short video and description of your Challenge build. Submit via the Challenge submission form by November 19 for the chance to win special Minecraft prizes. Winners will be announced in December.


This collaboration is an initiative of the Global Education Coalition, a UNESCO-led platform for collaboration and exchange to protect the right to education during COVID-19 learning disruption and build more resilient education systems. Microsoft, which owns Minecraft, is one of almost 200 global members working to ensure that #learningneverstops for millions of students around the world.

The Global Build Challenge 2021 is part of Minecraft’s Education Edition and comes with a game and teacher’s guide that are designed for classroom or remote learning, as school closures continue in many parts of the world.


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