The Olympiad

What is NEO?

The National Earth Olympiad or NEO is a knowledge and environmental stewardship movement to create the next generation of scientists, scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, who will champion and strive towards a more just, fair and sustainable world by restoring ecological balance on our planet Earth.

Only a new generation of environmental stewards with socio-political consciousness can transform the vision of a just, fair and sustainable Bangladesh and world into a reality.

Who is eligible?

All school/college students enrolled in classes 8 to 12 and private candidates of equivalent levels are eligible to participate.

Why you should apply?

  • Learn about local and global environmental challenges
  • Develop your leadership skills and lead actions in your community and beyond
  • Become a part of the nationwide network of 500+ NEO Alumni
  • Opportunity to represent Bangladesh at the 13th IESO (International Earth Science Olympiad) in Republic of Korea

Organized by

Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative

NEO 15 Theme - Clean Water for Sustainable Development

Air and water pollution represents a serious environmental problem, causing thousands of premature deaths per year, and seriously impacting economic activities and ecosystems. The World Health Organization says 12.6 million people died due to environmental causes in 2012. The impact falls disproportionately on children and the poor, especially in less developed countries like Bangladesh. Unfortunately, Bangladesh has the most polluted air in the world and Dhaka is the second most polluted capital city, according to a new study by Greenpeace and AirVisual.

Hence, NEO 2019 theme is chosen to bring ‘Air & Water Pollution’ into public consciousness and policy discussion.

The Rounds

The Divisional Round

This year’s divisional rounds will take place on July 20, 2019 through an android mobile application. Please see how to register section to download and take the exam. The paper will be 1 hour long, consisting of approximately 80-90 multiple choice questions.

Green Day Training

After making through the divisional round, toppers from each division will receive Green Day Training (GDT), a training session dedicated to nurture the leadership skills of the participants and instill the importance of environmental concerns in them.

This year, GDT will take place on July 26, 2019 at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) in Bashundhara R/A.

NEO Festival

After completing GDT, all the divisional toppers will join the NEO festival on July 27, 2019 which will be held in Dhaka at IUB. The NEO Festival will include the final round of the NEO along with interactive sessions with top environmental experts to facilitate a bridge between experts and future leaders.

IESO

The top four of the final round will have the opportunity to represent Bangladesh in the 13th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) to take place in Daegu, Republic of Korea.

Resources

To do well in first round, we highly recommend participants read all the materials provided in the resource sections.

FAQs

1. Who is eligible?
All school/college students enrolled in classes 8 to 12 and private candidates of equivalent levels are eligible to participate in NEO. However, in case of International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO), their rules and regulation states that previous medals winners at the IESO cannot participate again. Also, applicant needs to be under 18.
2. How can I participate if NEO is not taking place in my district?
This year’s divisional rounds will take place on July 20, 2019 through an android mobile application which can be downloaded from Google Play Store. Once you register, we will send you the link to download the app as well as the web version of the app, where you can take the exam using your computer or mobile browser if you don’t have access to an android device. Time will be informed later via email and text message.
3. Can private candidates, SSC/HSC, O/A level appeared examinees participate?
Yes. However, one will not be eligible for IESO if they are 18+.
4. What is the application process?
Register online by clicking here.
5. What preparations should you take to excel?
The content of the questions for 1st round will be mostly based on the book "High School Earth Science" from wikibooks (link has been provided in the resources page). Check the syllabus and sample questions to do well. At least 50% questions will be analytical in nature i.e. you will have to think about and solve the question to select answer from the options.
6. What is the language for NEO question paper?
You’ll have the option to choose from Bangla or English version of the question paper but translation of necessary terminology will be provided.
7. What are the details of the Green Day Training (GDT)?

After making through the divisional round, toppers from each division will receive Green Day Training (GDT). GDT is a specially designed young citizen lab to impart understanding of interconnected environmental issues through interactive games, puzzles, simulations, etc. It also helps young citizens develop their leadership skills and instil motivation to act on tackling the local and global environmental issues. The overarching goal of the GDT is to create a nationwide network of empowered young citizens who will act as a catalyst to bring about positive socio-economic and environmental change.

Those who successfully complete the GDT, will be recognised as a NEO alum and receive a certificate of completion. This year, GDT will take place on July 26, 2019 at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) in Bashundhara R/A.

8. What are the details on IESO?
The next IESO i.e. the 13th International Earth Science Olympiad will take place in Daegu, Republic of Korea, on 26 August - 03 September 2019.
9. If a participant is selected for the national round, would they be given the travel allowance? Would they get accommodation?
No, participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements to attend the GDT and National Round.
10. Would all the participants get NEO certificates?
There will be a certificate of participation based on the number. However, there will be special certificate of recognition for top 20-25 participants of each division.
11. How are the representatives selected for IESO among the participants of the national round?
There will be an IESO team selection exam right after the national round on 02 August 2019. Toppers will then face a final viva to ensure their eligibility.
12. Do IESO Bangladesh team members have to pay any amount for their travel?
We are working on to manage the travel fees and the registration fee so that no member of the team needs to pay for their own expenses. But if circumstances require, participants need to chip in to cover part of the costs.
13. Do I get any confirmation after registering?
No, you will see a confirmation message but there will not be any immediate confirmation email, but you'll be notified details one week before the exam date. Make sure to check your email inbox and our facebook page for more details.

National Round Result

The Organizer

Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative is established as a youth nonprofit organisation working to raise environmental awareness, build youth capacity, and nurture the next generation of leaders for socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable development of Bangladesh.

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