The 16th Annual Southern African Development Community, SADC, Secondary Schools Essay Competition is now open for applications. The competition aims to brings to the fore, the undoubted talents of some of South Africa’s most gifted young writers, their ability to express themselves, their thoughts and views.
The topic of this year’s essay is “Climate change is having adverse effect on socio-economic development in the Region. What should the Education Sector do to mitigate the impact on the youth?”
Learners are expected to write an essay following the structure below:

  • Explain the causes of global warming and how a change of one or two degrees in global average temperatures can have an impact on our lives? (10 marks)
  • Discuss the effects of global warming and climate change on the socio-economic development in the SADC region? (20 marks)
  • What are the main challenges in addressing the effects of global warming and climate change? Is it too late to do anything about climate change? (20 marks)
  • What should the SADC Education sector do to mitigate the impact of climate change on the youth? (25 marks)

Worth of Prizes
First Prize – US$500
Second Prize – US$300
Third Prize – US$200
Each candidate will receive the equivalent of the prize money in Rands.

  • Applicants must reside in South Africa
  • Applicants must be currently attending secondary school
  • Essays must not be more than 2000 words but not less than 1000, Ariel font, 1.5 line spacing for typed essays
  • Submissions must be the unaided work of applicants
  • Submissions should be in English
  • The name of entrants should be the same as those that appear on the Identification Document (ID) or Passport
  • Applicants must be willing and fit to travel.

How to Apply
All entries should be submitted to the nearest district or provincial Coordinator on a date set at the provincial level.
Deadline: April 11, 2014
The three selected essays from each province will be forwarded to the Department of Basic Education by 15 April 2014.
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