2014 African Organization for Standardization Continental Essay Competition for Africans.

Application Deadline: December 1st 2014
Theme: The role of Standards in promoting sustainable Agriculture and food security in Africa
This year the theme of the 2nd Continental Essay Competition is  The role of Standards in promoting sustainable Agriculture, food security and trade in Africa”. ARSO look forward to hearing from African youth on how Africa can utilize standards to solve the problems of food insecurity and promote intra and inter-African trade.

The organizers are inviting students in institutions of higher learning in Africa (Colleges/ Universities approved by their local commission of higher education) to submit their essays on the theme: The role of Standards in promoting sustainable Agriculture and food security in Africa to the contacts of the various National Standards Bodies in Africa .
ENTRY RULES AND CONDITIONS
  • This competition is open to Citizens of all African Countries below the age of 35 years living in Africa and studying in a university/college recognised by the local commission for university education or equivalent body in their countries.
  • Length of essays : Essays should be between 1000 and 1200 words
  • Presentation: Essays should be double spaced and presented in Century Gothic, size 12
  • Language of essays: Essays may be submitted in English or French at Regional level but at National level the essays may be submitted as per preferred language by the National Standards Body
  • Information on the author: Authors may use up to 50 words to describe themselves. Information should include their names, course and year of study, name, town and country in which their university is located. (N. B: this will not be part of the 1000-1200 words)
  • Contacts of authors: Authors should provide us with their postal, physical, telephone and email addresses on the first page of the essay together with the title of the essay and information on the author. Also kindly attach a copy of the Identity Card or pass port and a completely filled registration form that can be obtained from various National Standards bodies websites
Eligibility
The following essays are not eligible for this competition:
  • Essays that have been shown or accepted for other competitions
  • Essays that have been published in any form
  • Essays that focus on the work of a particular person, organization or brand name
  • Number of essays to submitted: Participants are only allowed to submit one essay
  • Essay must be submitted to: e-mail addresses for the respective contact of the National standards body given at the end of this document by mid night on 1st December 2014
PRIZES FOR WINNERS
There will be three levels of winners
  • AT NATIONAL LEVEL (where the National Standards body is responsible for the awarding*)*
Kindly note: It is upon the decision of the National Standards Bureau to award according to their criteria and at least 25 youths must participate from each Country in order to qualify for the Regional and Continental Levels
  • AT REGIONAL LEVEL
1st position– USD 500, plus a fully paid trip to ARSO 21ST General Assembly (Best Male and best Female, venue and date will be confirmed later)
2nd position–USD 400, plus a fully paid trip to ARSO 21ST General Assembly (Best Male and best Female, venue and date will be confirmed later)
3rd position–USD 300, plus a fully paid trip to ARSO 21ST General Assembly (Best Male and best Female, venue and date will be confirmed later)*
Kindly note that awarding will be done if 50% of the countries in a particular region participate
AT CONTINENTAL LEVEL
1st position– (male and female) each USD 1000, plus a fully paid trip to ARSO 21ST General Assembly (Best Male and best Female, venue and date will be confirmed later)
2nd position– USD 800, plus a fully paid trip to ARSO 21ST General Assembly (Best Male and best Female, venue and date will be confirmed later)
3rd position–USD 500, plus a fully paid trip to ARSO 21ST General Assembly (Best Male and best Female, venue and date will be confirmed later) In addition the winners at continental level and Regional level will get an opportunity to interact with professionals in various fields in the industry during the ARSO General Assembly event
For More Information;
African Organization for Standardisation : www.arso-oran.org
Apex Management Systems–Consultants : www.apextrainingafrica.org
Websites of various National Standards Bodies in Africa as listed in the brochure

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