Global Issues Certificate

The Global Issues Certificate recognizes individual Hawaiʻi high school students who have expanded their understanding of global issues and international affairs to a degree worthy of recognition through active participation in PAAC's extracurricular High School Global Education Program.


Students who obtain the certificate will:  

  • * Gain an understanding of the breadth of issues that have a global connection

  • * Be able to research and analyze global components of issues of interest to them

  • * Develop an awareness of how various actors - including government, businesses, civil society, international institutions, non-government organizations, individuals, and others - are able to contribute in different ways towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals


Required Components

1. Complete any ten lessons in PAAC’s SDG Curriculum Suite

2. Participate in three Global Vision Summits (GVS) and write one reflection piece on the GVS that impacted you the most

3. Participate in one Academic WorldQuest Competition

4. Undertake a Culminating Experience that explores one issue in greater depth. This includes submitting a Proposal and Summary Report

5. Submit the Global Issues Certificate Application after completing all requirements

Total estimated time commitment: 35 hours 

Students, please read this linked document for further instructions on each of these requirements.

More information

  • * Free and open to all Hawaii high school students

  • * All requirements can be completed virtually

  • * All requirements must be completed before the student graduates from high school

  • * Only one certificate per student

  • * Students keep track of their own progress

  • * After a student submits the Global Issues Certificate Application, PAAC will confirm all requirements have been met and issue the certificate electronically