2020 World Bank and Financial Times’ Blog Writing Competition for High School Students
Deadline: February 10, 2020.
If you can read this, then you are already doing better than 53% of children in low- and middle-income countries, who can’t read a simple text by age 10. 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.
What can be done to help children learn to read by the time they are 10 years old? We want to hear from you!
You can tell us by answering one of these two questions:
- If you were the education minister of your country what would you do to make sure every 10-year old is able to read?
- What could teachers and schools do differently to help all children learn to read?
- Entries should be the work of the submitter and cannot be collaborative or written by a proxy.
- 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.
- There is no fee payable to enter the competition.
- Schools with multiple students entering the contest are encouraged to register the school here: www.ft.com/schoolsarefree.
1. 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.
2. Winners below 18 years will need a guardian’s permission to travel.
- 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.