Don’t Miss It! What Does ‘Sustainable Living’ Mean to You? Apply for the 2014 International Schools Essay Competition.

Only two weeks left to submit applications for the 2014 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate. The theme / question for this year is What Does ‘Sustainable Living’ Mean to You? Applications close on the 10th of February, 2014.

Source: JephthahSchool.Com

Source: JephthahSchool.Com

The Competition:

The competition invites students (ages 7 – 17) from around the world along with their teachers to write about what ’sustainable living’ means to them, and the steps which they believe their countries should be taking in order to achieve it. Whether it’s the food we eat, how we get around, where we work, what we buy, or some other dimension of how we live … ’sustainable living’ means different things to different people. The question is, as a child in your country, what does it mean to you? There are specific guidelines for each age group and each essay must be submitted in English:

Primary Students (ages 7 -11): Topic: What does ‘sustainable living’ mean to you? (max. 400 words)

Secondary Students (ages 11 – 17): Topic: Outline your ideas for ‘sustainable living’ and the steps needed for societies to achieve them (max. 600 words)


A distinguished panel of judges, drawn from experts and educationalists in the field, will select three winning entries for each age category. The winning students will be awarded trophies at the International Schools Debate and their essays will be published on the competition website. Essays will be judged for comprehensiveness and clarity, innovative and creative thinking and the potential to contribute to a broad-ranging and constructive international debate (for more, see scoring and judging criteria).

For each category, schools will be invited to submit up to 30 essays online. (These must be submitted by the Teacher Champion, using the login details provided at registration. Paper and emailed copies cannot be accepted.)


First, Second and Third Prizes will be awarded in both categories and one overall Grand Prize Winner (plus Teacher and Parent) will receive a free trip to the 2014 International Schools Debate in the UK (if the winner is from the UK, an alternative may be organised). All participating schools will be invited to participate in the International Schools Debate and related events in the UK during July 7-10, 2014.

Award Ceremony / Debate:

In 2014, the International Schools Debate & Prize-giving will take place at the Living Rainforest centre in Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, UK. Each school will be represented by a team of up to two students, plus one Teacher Champion. Aside from the Grand Prize Winner, each participating school must cover its own costs.


Teachers/Parents/Legal Guardians of children around the world (aged 7-17) – please register here (until 10th February): . Teacher Champions can submit up to 30 essays online until the 10th February deadline.

Good luck to all participating children, schools and families!

Key Dates

15 October 2013 – 10 February 2014 -School/Teacher registration period

10 February 2014 – Closing date for essay submissions (Teacher Champions login here)

2 April 2014 – Schools notified and invited to International Schools Debate

7-10 July 2014 – International Schools Debate & Prize-giving, Living Rainforest, UK. In addition to the Primary and Secondary events, which occur on separate days, there will be a special programme of educational excursions to London and Oxford (booking optional). Travel Directions. Accommodation near Newbury.

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