Submit your essay addressing the theme: Protecting biodiversity, for the 2021 Trust for Sustainable Living Essay Competition.
School children from around the world will share their ideas to help protect the Earth’s biological diversity in this year’s edition of the essay and in virtual debates.
Winning students will be awarded various rewards from honourable mentions to award certificates.
Application Deadline: 23rd December, 2020.
The following prizes will be awarded to participants in the competition:
For the Essay Competition:
For the Sustainability Challenge:
For the International Debates:
These are decided and announced at the end of each debate session.
The International Schools Essay Competition is open to students aged 7-17 across two categories-
The Sustainability Challenge Video Competition is open for learners of all ages across four categories-
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The top 4 students (two Primary and two Secondary) from each country will be invited to be a ‘Debating Student’ and will be allocated by TSL to a debate team with other international students to work together to debate their given viewpoint.
All other students and Teacher Champions will be invited to participate in a ‘Non-Debating’ capacity, meaning they can still watch the debates and participate actively by sharing comments and feedback via the organizers’ Zoom platform and social media.
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A school/teacher, parents/guardians can conduct the registration.
Once registered, you will have the option to upload up to 30 essays and a video for the sustainability challenge.
The essay length varies by age as follows:
Themed Protecting biodiversity, the 2021 edition of the Trust for Sustainable Living Essay competition is aimed at primary and secondary school students, supported by Teacher Champions, parents and schools.
It’s open to school children around the world to share their ideas on the theme.
Essay Competition: The deadline for submissions is 23rd December 2020 for the International Schools Essay Competition.
Essay results will be announced online in mid-February 2021.
The top essay Finalists and Honourable Mentions will be announced on the TSL website by 15th February 2021.
The deadline for the Sustainability Challenge is 28th February, 2021.
By 8th March 2021, the Grand Prize Trophy Winner & Top Ten Medallists will be notified confidentially of their status.
From 15th February to 15th June 2021, the Country Debates will be held.
By 5th July 2021, the online Teacher Champions Exchange will hold.
The Virtual International Schools Debate & Awards will be held by 6th July 2021.
The Virtual Partner Power Summit will be held from 7th to 10th July 2021.
An international panel of sustainability experts and educationalists will select the winning entries in each category.
The judges will evaluate entries based on
Each child’s age will be taken into account when judging, so that younger children are not at an unfair disadvantage when compared with older children.
For the School debates, the Debates will build on the essay competition, and anyone who enters the essay competition can participate.
The overall Grand Prize Winner, and top ten medallists in each category, will be notified separately and announced at the Debates and Awards.
The International Debates will take place online via zoom during the 2021 Partner Power Summit on Protecting Biodiversity. Only the students who submitted the top essays from each country will be invited to take part as debaters.
The debates will be held after the essay competition as part of the Partner Power Summit on Protecting Biodiversity.
The summit consists of the primary and secondary school debates, and a series of panel discussions, plenaries, and workshops.
The summit is open to anyone to view or attend, but only students selected from essay winners will be able to actively debate during the primary and secondary debate sessions.
The summit will host a series of interesting guest speakers, ranging from students and youth to science and business leaders, to discuss and share their viewpoints and answer participants’ questions.
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