Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) 2019 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate (Funded to British Columbia, Canada)

Application Deadline: December 20th 2018

The Trust for Sustainable Living is pleased to invite schoolchildren around the world to share their unique perspectives on the role young people can play in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal #15 – to conserve and sustainably manage life on land.

The essay competition is aimed at primary students and secondary students, supported by Teacher Champions, parents and schools.

All students and Teacher Champions who participate in the essay competition are warmly invited to attend the 2019 International Schools Debates in British Columbia, Canada (8-12 July, 2019).

Requirements:

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

Primary students (ages 7-11; max. 400 words): Young people are key to achieving SDG #15 (Life on Land)

Secondary students (ages 11-17; max. 600 words): Young people are key to achieving SDG #15 (Life on Land)

The prizes

  • Every year, one overall Grand Prize winner (plus Teacher Champion and parent) wins a free trip to the TSL International Schools Debates & Awards. The 2019 debates will take place in British Columbia, Canada.
  • The writers of the top ten essays in each category (Primary or Secondary) receive medals and all Finalists, Honourable Mentions and Debate Attendees receive personalised certificates.

Brief

  • Every year the competition focuses on a different global sustainability challenge.
  • This year’s theme is LIFE ON LAND.

See the brief

Judging and rules

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.

An international judging panel of sustainability experts and educationalists will select the winning entries for each age category.

Timeline:

  • Mid-September 2018

    Registration opens for Teacher Champions/Schools to participate in the TSL 2019 Essay Competition.

  • 20 December 2018

    Deadline for submission of essays (and Schools Sustainability Challenge videos).

  • 15 February 2019

    Announcement of essay competition awardees – Finalists (Top 10%) and Honourable Mentions (Top 33%).

  • 31 May 2019

    Registration deadline to attend the 2019 Schools Debates (compulsory for all attendees). All students and teachers who submit an essay (or Schools Sustainability Challenge video) are very welcome to attend.

  • 8-12 July 2018

    International Schools Debates & Awards, Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) 2019 International Schools Essay Competition

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