2014 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate (Win a Trip to the UK)

2014 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate (Win a Trip to the UK)

Deadline: February 10, 2014

Global essay competition invites school students to outline their ideas for ‘sustainable living’ and the steps needed for societies to achieve them. Whether it’s the food we eat, how we get around, where we work, what we buy, or some other dimension of how we live … ’sustainable living’ means different things to different people. As a child in your country, what does it mean to you?

First, Second and Third Prizes will be awarded in both categories and one overall Grand Prize Winner (plus Teacher and Parent) will receive a free trip to the 2014 International Schools Debate in the UK (if the winner is from the UK, an alternative may be organised). All participating schools will be invited to participate in the International Schools Debate and related events in the UK during July 7-10, 2014.

International Schools Debate & Prize-giving

In 2014, the International Schools Debate & Prize-giving will take place at the Living Rainforest centre in Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, UK. Each school will be represented by a team of up to two students, plus one Teacher Champion. Aside from the Grand Prize Winner, each participating school must cover its own costs.

Students are invited to write an essay in English, as follows:

  • Primary students (ages 7-11): What does ‘sustainable living’ mean to you? (max. 400 words)
  • Secondary students (ages 11-17): Outline your ideas for ‘sustainable living’ and the steps needed for societies to achieve them (max. 600 words)

A distinguished panel of judges, drawn from experts and educationalists in the field, will select three winning entries for each age category. The winning students will be awarded trophies at the International Schools Debate and their essays will be published on the competition website. Essays will be judged for comprehensiveness and clarity, innovative and creative thinking and the potential to contribute to a broad-ranging and constructive international debate (see scoring and judging criteria).

Eligibility

The competition and debate are aimed at

  • primary students (ages 7-11) and
  • secondary students (ages 11-17) and
  • their teachers in both formal and home schools.

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