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2012 NUHA Blogging Prizes on Education

Introduction

Whether you’re from Lebanon, Lesotho or Lithuania, we would like to hear what YOU have to say about ‘education’.

Prizes

There are three prizes this year:

  • NUHA Young Writers Blogging Prize, for those born between 1998 and 2002: £50
  • NUHA Youth Blogging Prize, for those born between 1994 and 1997: £100
  • NUHA Adult Blogging Prize, for those born before 1994: £150

Topics

Young writers

  1. The Babel Fish is a fictitious animal which can serve as a universal translator. “If you stick one in your ear, you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language”. (From the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy). How would the world change if this invention became reality?
  2. How can technology help to make education more accessible to all?
  3. We often hear that mistakes are opportunities to learn. Drawing on your own experience and your observations of the world around you, do you agree with this statement?

Youth 

  1. “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil” – C.S. Lewis. Discuss.
  2. If everyone were able to speak English, what would happen to all the other languages?
  3. “Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits” – Albert Einstein. Drawing inspiration from this quote, discuss the role of imagination in education.

Adult

  1. In the future, people will cease to own books. Discuss.
  2. “It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time – for we are bound by that – but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time.” – T.S. Eliot. Discuss.
  3. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela. Discuss.

Organizer

NUHA Foundation

Deadline

1 November, 2012 (extended from 28 October 2012)

Guidelines

  • It doesn’t matter whether English is your first, second, third or fourth language: your article will be judged first and foremost on the quality of your argument and the originality of your ideas.
  • Absolutely anyone can enter, irrespective of nationality.
  • An article must be between 500 and 1,500 words.
  • Each entrant must complete the form below and send both the article and the form to editor@nuhafoundation.org
  • Download the form here Download form or find a copy of it here.
  • The article should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document bearing the name of the author, the blogging prize category and the choice of topic, for example: JohnSmith_Youth_3 for a Youth participant named John Smith writing about topic 3 of the Youth Category.
  • The Editor will read every essay she receives, which may then be published on the NUHA blog until 11 November. If more than 20 articles are published in one of the age categories, a runner-up prize will be awarded.
  • Each entrant tells his family and friends to vote for his article by commenting on it, liking it on Facebook and tweeting about it. The voting closes on 24 November.
  • On 27 November, the Editor will announce the 6 articles that have been shortlisted in each category: these will be the articles that received the most votes, the articles that generated the most debate, and the articles that did not get much public attention but that deserve to be shortlisted for their intrinsic quality.
  • The Editor will also introduce the panel of judges for this year’s competition. They will focus on the quality of the argument and the originality of the ideas.
  • Winners and runner-ups will be announced on 17 December 2012.
  • Where an article is written by two or more people, each of them must submit a separate form.

Inquiries

If you have any questions, please email the Editor at editor@nuhafoundation.org OR use the comment section below.

Explore the blogging entries published in 2011.  (And see my entry too there! I was a finalist last year).

NB: The NUHA blogging prizes will support NGOs from around the world, by acknowledging those that refer 5 or more authors for the writing competition, and by featuring those that refer 20 or more authors. In your article submission form, please indicate that you heard about the competition from Naija Writers’ Coach.

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About Muhammed Abdullahi Tosin

Writer. Difference Maker. Entrepreneur. Author, Your Right To Write & Vertical Writing. Winner, 11 Writing Prizes.

Comments

  1. Hmmm…..These are very challenging topics. May Allah help us.

    • Challenging? Every worthy thing is. Only the test of fire makes fine steel. With innovative thinking and extensive research, you can cart away one of the prizes. You’d try, right?

  2. Abiodun Saheed Olanrewaju says:

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    Shomolu 4 real.

  3. Abiodun Saheed Olanrewaju{Lucky 1} says:

    Wow! This is just the beginning of your glory & success in life.I am rest assured that a day will come you will definitely reach your desired destination by His Majestic power.He will shadow you with His boundless guide to face the challenges ahead of you.I also pray to the SUPREME CREATOR{ALLAH} to make you one of the outstanding & credible youngest SENIOR ADVOCATE OF NIGERIA{SAN} in our nation in order to contribute to the development of our great country.Just keep on the good job.I am very much excited and proud of you.
    Shomolu 4 real.

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