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Entries are open for Global Essay Writing Competition 2019. The global essay writing competition is launched by he World Bank Group and the Financial Times. The international essay competition accept entries only in English. 

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Technology and the rapid pace of change are disrupting the way we live, learn and work. What we learn today may not help us in the future. Advances in technology like virtual reality and artificial intelligence will create new occupations and careers that are hard to imagine today. Schools need to prepare their students for tomorrow’s challenges. 

They are looking for your most inventive ideas, high quality writing, and innovative solutions to improve education outcomes for the next generation. 
Be clever, be persuasive – and be bold!

Host Organisations:

  • World Bank Group and Financial Times


  • The winning entry will be published in the Financial Times (at its sole discretion), the World Bank Group blog, and brought with reasonable expenses covered to the World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. in April 2019, provided he/she is able to travel and assumes responsibility for obtaining a visa to the United States.
  • Winners below 18 years will need a guardian’s permission to travel. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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.
  • There will be one blog entry per person.

How to Apply for Global Essay Writing Competition 2019 ?

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Click on the APPLY NOW button to proceed to online application form. Your essay should be include:

  • 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. 

Tell us in your own words what you think about the future of schools and the education system. Some of the following questions may help start your thinking:

  • Will teachers become more, or less important in the education process and how will technology transform our schools including measuring how much students are learning?
  • How can we make sure all people, wherever they are born, have access to high quality education? What will be the responsibilities of governments, of employers or of individuals?
  • Huge amounts of data and knowledge are added online every minute, of every hour of every day including vast amounts of educational and learning material. If everyone has access to that what will it mean, and will we even need schools anymore?

Application Deadline: 

  • Submissions are due by midnight January 31st, 2019 EST. 

Entries will be judged by a high-level panel comprised of senior officials at the World Bank Group, Financial Times and select partners. The full names of the judges can be available on request. Judging will take place during February 2019 and winners will be contacted and announced by March 2019 on the World Bank Group blog and Financial Times website. Entries will be judged against originality, creativity, writing quality, and solutions presented. The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be contacted via the contact information provided with their submission.



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