The NUHA Foundation is launching its first essay competition which is open to all. Whichever country you are from, NUHA would like to hear what YOU have to say about how you think education should function in your country and across the world.
Why an essay competition?
The competition has been established with the twin aims of:
- Creating an international platform to debate issues relating to education and development.
- Creating an opportunity to publish the work of students and of people who want to be heard.
Who can enter?
Absolutely anyone! There are two prizes this year:
- NUHA Blogging Youth Prize (for those born in 1993 or after): £100
- NUHA Blogging Prize (for those born before 1993): £150
It doesn’t matter whether English is your first, second, third or fourth language: your article will be judged first and foremost on the quality of your argument and the originality of your ideas.
What should I write?
Taking education and development as your starting point, write an essay of between 500 and 1,500 words in response to one of the statements below.
Youth category (for those born in 1993 or after):
- “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
- Education is worth paying for.
- In the 21st century, it is better to give a child a computer than a book.
General category (for those born before 1993):
- “Only the educated are free.” Epictetus
- The State should encourage access to private education.
- “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler
When should I enter?
As soon as you like! The Editor will read every essay she receives, which may then be posted on the NUHA blog and we hope that you will respond to these postings with further debate.
- 16 September 2011: Deadline for all entries (submissions posted on the NUHA blog until 30 September 2011).
- Until 31 October 2011: Discuss and/or vote for already submitted and preferred artices on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.
- 1 November 2011: Editor announces shortlist of 9 submissions: 3 on the basis of votes, 3 on the basis of discussions around them, and 3 on the basis of intrinsic quality.
- 1 December 2011: Winners for each category will be selected.
Source: The NUHA Foundation
** Updated timeline (as of 23rd September 2011) **
- New deadline for all entries: 30th September 2011.
- All publishable entries posted on NUHA blog by 16 October 2011.
- From 16th October to 15th November 2011, vote for your preferred articles by liking or re-posting them on Facebook (you may also tweet and debate the essays).
- 16th November 2011: Editor announces shortlist of 9 submissions (see above).
- 7th December 2011: Winners from each category will be selected.