World Bank/Financial Times’ Blog Writing Competition 2020 for High School Students (Win a trip to Washington, DC)

World Bank/Financial Times’ Blog Writing Competition 2020 for High School Students (Win a trip to Washington, DC)

Deadline: February 10, 2020

Entries are invited for the World Bank/Financial Times’ Blog Writing Competition 2020 for High School Students. They are looking for your most inventive ideas, high quality writing, and innovative solutions to improve education outcomes for the next generation.

All children should be able to read by 10 – this is critical for anyone to be able to fully participate in society. Around the world, reading has been at the core of formal education for centuries. Being able to read is fundamental for children to be able to learn other subjects like science and history. It also creates opportunities and opens more doors for them as they get older.

The World Bank and Financial Times want to hear from you! Get creative and tell them in your own words what you think can be done differently to help children read by the age of 10.

You can do so by answering one of these two questions:

  • What could teachers and schools do differently to help all children learn to read?
  • If you were the education minister of your country what would you do to make sure every 10-year old is able to read?


  • The winning entry will be published in the Financial Times (at its sole discretion), the World Bank Group blog, and the winner will be brought with reasonable expenses covered to the World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. in April 2020, provided he/she is able to travel and assumes responsibility for obtaining a visa to the United States. Winners below 18 years will need a guardian’s permission to travel.


  • Participants must be enrolled in high school or a version of secondary education and should be between the ages of 16-19 years.
  • Entries are only to be submitted in English.
  • Entries should be the work of the submitter and cannot be collaborative or written by a proxy.
  • Entries should be original content and cannot have been previously published or lifted from other sources. By submitting an entry, entrants grant to The World Bank Group and The Financial Times Limited (“FT”) a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty free license to copy, edit, publish and use the entry, in whole or in part, and in any way, including for publishing on the World Bank Group’s blog platform and, at the FT’s sole discretion, on, without compensation to the entrant. Rights to edit copy where the publishers deem necessary is reserved although entrants will be fully credited.


Entries will be judged against originality, creativity, writing quality, and solutions presented. The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be contacted via the contact information provided with their submission.


Submissions should include:

  • A strong blog or essay, that is no longer than 500 words.
  • Photos, videos, visualizations that help support your story, are optional.
  • Your name, age, school, email, and country you live in.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Blog Writing Contest.