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2015 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate

2015 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate

Global essay competition invites school children to share their ideas for the future of sustainability education, and how we can achieve them. The fundamental importance of education in achieving a sustainable future was recognised by the UN General Assembly when it declared 2005-2014 the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, or ESD.

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, was charged with leading the UN’s efforts and produced an international implementation scheme for the Decade. Since then, different nations have attempted to develop sustainability education programmes, with differing degrees of support and success.

2015 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate

As the Decade now draws to a close, and based on their own experiences, we are inviting schoolchildren around the world to share their personal visions for the future of sustainability education and their ideas on how to achieve them.

Schools in 73 countries participated in the 2014 essay competition and we are hoping for even greater participation in 2015.


My vision for sustainable education


The Living Rainforest


Trophies for 1st to 5th Places will be awarded in each category (Primary and Secondary) and one overall Grand Prize Winner (plus Teacher Champion and Parent) will receive a free trip to the 2015 TSL International Schools Debate and Awards in the UK (7-10 July 2015). All participating schools will be invited to attend the Schools Debate and related events


23 January, 2015


  • The competition and debate are aimed at primary students (ages 7-11) and secondary students (ages 11-17) and their teachers in both formal and home schools.
  • Students are invited to write an essay outlining their vision for the future of sustainability education, in English, as follows:

# Primary students (ages 7-11): My vision for sustainability education (max. 400 words

# Secondary students (ages 11-17): My vision for sustainability education and ideas on how to achieve it (max. 600 words

  • An international panel of judges, 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 debate on Education for Sustainable Development.
  • 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% above the word limit will be automatically rejected.


Email queries should be directed to: schools[AT]


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  1. Uche John Best says:

    Pls, notify me on latest contests and competitions via my e-mail. Thanks alot!

  2. Big Writer #1 says:

    Can we submit the essay via e-mail??

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