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Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) 10th Primary/Secondary Schools Essay Competition (Fully-funded to Oxford, UK) 2020

The Trust for Sustainable Living is pleased to invite schoolchildren around the world to share their dreams about the potential of partnerships and collaborations to help achieve a more sustainable future.

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Application Deadline: 20th December 2019.

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: All

To be taken at (country): Online; Oxford UK.

About the Award: This year’s theme – Partner power

My vision: Partnerships for a sustainable future

The essay competition is aimed at primary students and secondary students, supported by Teacher Champions, parents and schools. (To participate, each school simply needs to register a Teacher Champion to coordinate on its behalf.)

Students and Teacher Champions who participate in the essay competition will be eligible to participate in a National Debate on the same theme in Spring 2020, leading to an International Online Debate (among the top performing students) and Teacher Champions Exchange in Summer 2020. For the first time ever, the international events will take place online to help support the broadest possible participation from around the world.

Type: Contest

Eligibility: TSL is pleased to invite children around the world to share their ideas on how partnerships can help to achieve the SDG’s and build a more sustainable world.

Students are free to approach the topic however they wish.

For example, they might decide to:

  • consider one or many of the SDG’s,
  • concentrate on already existing or possible future initiatives, or
  • focus on local, national or international level partnerships.

However they decide to approach their essays, children are strongly encouraged to include their own personal views, perspectives and experiences to help bring their visions alive.

Each student is invited to submit one essay in English, entitled,

My vision: Partnerships for a sustainable future

The essay length varies by age as follows:

Primary students (ages 7-11): 400 words

Secondary students (ages 11-17): 600 words

Selection Criteria: 

  • The essays are judged for originality and creativity in all formats, and the potential to contribute to a constructive international debate.
  • Unique and well-argued perspectives score highly. Please refrain from copying and pasting non-original material.

Number of Awardees: 5 finalists, 1 winner and lots of consolation prizes.

Value of Competition:

  • In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the competition, the overall Grand Prize winner (plus Teacher Champion and parent) will win a trophy and a free trip to Oxford, UK in Summer 2020, including £500 spending money.
  • The writers of the Top Ten essays in each school category (Primary or Secondary) and the  Debate Winners will receive medals, and all Essay Finalists and Honourable Mentions and all Debate participants will receive personalised e-certificates

How to Apply: Apply here

Visit Competition Webpage for details