The World Bank Group invites applications for the World Bank Financial Times Blog Writing Competition for High School Students in Switzerland in 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed education for students and teachers everywhere.  Almost all schools had to close for months. And ready or not, students – along with teachers and families – discovered that education was suddenly possible only through remote learning.

In many places schools have moved to reopen, sometimes through a combination of face-to-face classes and learning from home. Everyone is now at some stage of getting back to normal – even if it’s a completely “new” normal.


So now, the big question for all of us is:

What lessons have we learned to improve teaching and learning?

High school students aged 16 to 19 are invited to answer these questions in their own words:

  • What insights from your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic do you think would improve education and learning?
  • What should educators and policymakers do differently, including by leveraging technology and changing teaching methods?

Worth of Award

  • Unmistakably, the winning entry will be published in the Financial Times (at its sole discretion) and the World Bank blog.
  • Based on restrictions during the pandemic the World Bank will also find additional, virtual ways to honour the winner during 2022.


  • Entries should be original content and cannot have been previously published or lifted from other sources. By submitting an entry, entrants grant The World Bank and The Financial Times Limited (“FT”) a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to copy, edit, publish and use the entry, in whole or in part, and in any way, including for publishing on the World Bank’s blog platform and, at the FT’s sole discretion, on, without compensation to the entrant. Rights to edit copy where the publishers deem necessary is reserved although entrants will be fully credited.
  • 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 15-19 years at the time of submission.
  • Entries can be submitted in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

How to Apply

Submissions should include

  • A strong blog or essay, that is no longer than 500 words.
  • Your name, age, school, email, and country you live in.
  • Photos, videos, visualizations that help support your story, are optional.

Send your application following the guidelines at…

Deadline: Submissions for the World Bank Financial Times Blog Writing Competition are due by midnight January 31, 2022.


Click here for more details and to apply