2022 World Bank and Financial Times’ Blog Writing Competition

Deadline: January 31, 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed education for students and teachers everywhere.  Almost all schools had to close for months.  And ready or not, students – along with teachers and families – discovered that education was suddenly possible only through remote learning.

In many places schools have moved to reopen, sometimes through a combination of face-to-face classes and learning from home.  Everyone is now at some stage of getting back to normal – even if it’s a completely “new” normal.

They’d like to hear how you answer this question in your own words.

Please tell us:

What insights from your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic do you think would improve education and learning? What should educators and policymakers do differently, including by leveraging technology and changing teaching methods?


  1. Entries should be the work of the submitter and cannot be collaborative or written by a proxy.
  2. Participants must be enrolled in high school or a version of secondary education and should be between the ages of 15-19 years at the time of submission.
  3. Entries can be submitted in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
  4. The winning entries will be published in English.


The winning entry will be published in the Financial Times (at its sole discretion) and the World Bank blog. Based on restrictions during the pandemic the World Bank will also find additional, virtual ways to honor the winner during 2022.


  • A strong blog or essay, that is no longer than 500 words.
  • Your name, age, school, email, and country you live in.
  • Photos, videos, visualizations that help support your story, are option


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