TSL 2018 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
My plan to protect and manage our oceans, seas and marine resources
Global essay competition and debate invites schoolchildren to explore practical ways to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources (SDG 14)
NEW!Primary School Essay Results – Secondary School Essay Results
According to the UN, the world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are ultimately provided or regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation. Yet as a result of human activities, over 30% of marine habitats have now been destroyed, ocean chemistry is changing and more than half of all marine species could face extinction by 2100. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.
We are inviting children to share their best ideas for conserving and sustainably using the marine environment. The livelihoods and wellbeing of the world’s population, especially Small Island Developing States, are dependent on this great marine environment. Through UN SDG 14 and newly emerging concepts like the ‘blue economy’, countries are encouraged to protect and sustainably manage the oceans and seas while tapping into their economic potential.
The annual TSL essay competition and debate is aimed at primary students (ages 7-11) and secondary students (ages 11-17), supported by Teacher Champions, parents and schools.
One overall Grand Prize winner (plus Teacher Champion and parent) will win a free trip to the TSL 2018 Debates & Awards in the Seychelles (2-7 July, 2018). In addition, medals will be awarded in each category for the top ten essays and for the best individual and group contributions at the Debates.
All students and Teacher Champions who participate in the essay competition are invited to attend the Debates, regardless of whether their essays are singled out for special recognition as Finalists or Honourable Mentions.
TSL 2018 Debates & Awards Programme (2-7 July, 2018)
Register now to attend the 2018 Schools Debates & Awards (closes 31 May)
Debate Accommodation Options
Veda Fernandes (Jumeirah Primary School, UAE) collected the 2017 Grand Prize at the TSL International Schools Debates & Awards at Oxford University, while Aninthitha Nath (RN Podar School, India) won 1st Prize in the Secondary Schools category. Around 200 children, teachers and parents from 30 countries participated in the 2017 Debates & Awards.
7 September to 17 December 2017 – School/Teachers register to participate as Teacher Champions.
19 December 2017 (midday GMT) – Deadline for submission of essays (and Schools Sustainability Challenge videos).
31 January 2018 – Announcement of essay competition Finalists and Honourable Mention awardees. Primary Schools – Secondary Schools (please note: all students are invited to participate in the Debates, whether or not their essay received Finalist or Honourable Mention recognition)
31 May 2018 – Registration deadline for the Schools Debates & Awards (registration is compulsory in order to attend).
2-7 July 2018 – International Schools Debates, Awards and Visits, Victoria, Seychelles. In addition to the Primary and Secondary School Debates, which will take place on consecutive days, delegates will attend a Children’s Ocean Conference, a CPD Workshop for Teachers, educational Day Trips, and and a specially planned Cultural Evening. All participants other than the Grand Prize Winner are responsible for making their own travel arrangements (e.g. flights, transfers, accommodation, subsistence and miscellaneous costs). Debates & Awards Programme – Accommodation Options
Each student is invited to submit one essay in English, entitled:
Primary students (ages 7-11): ‘My plan to protect and manage our oceans, seas and marine resources’ (max. 400 words)
Secondary students (ages 11-17): ‘My plan to protect and manage our oceans, seas and marine resources’ (max. 600 words)
The top prize winning essays from our 2017 essay competition on climate action were sent to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
An international judging panel, drawn from experts and educationalists in the field, will select the winning entries for each age category. The essays will be judged for originality and creative thinking and the potential to contribute to a broad-ranging and constructive international debate. The winning essays will be published on the competition website.
For each category, schools are invited to submit up to 30 essays online. (These must be submitted by the Teacher Champion, using the login details provided at registration. We regret that paper and emailed copies cannot be accepted, and essays more than 10% over the word limit will be automatically rejected.)
The 2018 Debate themes are:
Primary students (ages 7-11): ‘We can save the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources by 2030’
Secondary students (ages 11-17): ‘This house believes that the targets of UN SDG 14 are achievable’
UN SDG 14 challenges all nations to play their part in the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. This is a crucial goal with a list of targets not previously considered in the Millennium Development Goals. Most of these targets require a lot of commitment from each country and the collective involvement of stakeholders at different levels of society. On one hand, the targets may appear to be ambitious and require more time to be implemented, and on the other, they may appear to be realistic and achievable within the set time-frame.
Resources for Schools
To assist teachers and students in preparing for the competition and debate, links to supporting online Teacher Resources are provided here as a starting point for their enquiries.
(To access supporting resources on themes from previous years, use the menu bar at the upper left hand side of this page.)
TSL 2018 Schools Sustainability Challenge
In addition to the essay competition, the Trust for Sustainable Living runs a parallel international contest called the Schools Sustainability Challenge. Teacher Champions are invited to submit short videos showcasing their schools’ best sustainability projects. Schools are welcome to participate in both contests. The Challenge winners will be announced at the 2018 Debates & Awards in the Seychelles.
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All students in 9th through 11th grade are eligible to participate. An essay is required that answers the question:
Brag about your high school or homeschool experience. What do you like best about it?
Two winners will be selected: One (1) from Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County; and one (1) at large winner from anywhere in the world, domestic or international. Both winners will receive a $250 scholarship provided by International College Counselors. The goal of the International College Counselors High School Essay Contest is to increase awareness of the value of higher education among high school students in the local area.
ARRANGEMENTS AND RULES
Write an essay that addresses the following topic:
Brag about your high school or homeschool experience. What do you like best about it?
- 500 Word Essay
- Current high school student (9th-11th Grade)
- One submittal per contestant
- Entries must be submitted via mail to:
International College Counselors: 3107 Stirling Road, Suite 208 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
There will be two awards of $250 Student Scholarships for winning essays.
Essay Deadline: March 30, 2018
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- International College Counselors Scholarship is open to all 9th-11th grade high school students. Two winners will be selected: One (1) from Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County; and one (1) at large winner from anywhere in the world, domestic or international. Home schooled students and International students are eligible. Winners will be notified the week of May 1, 2018.
- Two winning essays will be selected, and winners will each receive a $250 International College Counselors scholarship payable to the winner or the college/university, certified trade school in the United States.
- Winners names will be posted on the International College Counselors website: https://www.internationalcollegecounselors.com
- Contestants must compose and submit an original essay in English of no longer than five hundred (500) words that addresses the following topic: Brag about your high school or homeschool experience. What do you like best about it?
- MAIL SUBMISSIONS INSTRUCTIONS: Students MUST submit their essays via mail. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 30, 2018. Entries that arrive after the entry deadline will not be accepted under any circumstances.
- Each student may enter only one essay.
- Each contestant must prepare his or her own essay.
- Essays submitted must include contestant’s name, home address, telephone number, school the student attends, grade level, title of the essay and a word count.
- All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Official Student Registration Form available here
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- Home-schooled and International students may apply as long as your course of study is equivalent to that of a junior in high school.
- It is not necessary for a student to have a sponsoring teacher in order to participate in this contest.
- A copy of the two winning 1st place essays may be submitted to local newspapers for possible publication.
- All submissions must be post marked by March 30, 2018
- Entries will be judged for the accuracy and relevance of content, originality, clarity, insight, and the quality of the writing (including spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.). The winners will be selected by the International College Counselors Essay Contest Judging Committee. Decisions of the Judging Committee are final.
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