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    Wednesday, 28 September 2016


    In the quest for global peace, the Royal Commonwealth Society has organised the 2017 Queen’s Commonwealth Competition for Young Writers with the topic, A Commonwealth for Peace, which is aimed at promoting Democracy, Human Rights and Peace. Young writers are enjoined to promote peace at all levels, beginning from themselves.

    The competition is in 2 categories:
    1.     Junior
    2.     Senior


    Junior Category
    1.     What is in your Toolbox for Peace?
    2.     My Peaceful place
    3.     How can children and young people come together to build a peaceful society?
    4.     ‘Peace cannot be learnt from a book or from religion. You have to reach out and touch the nations.’ How does this relate to the Commonwealth?

    Senior Category
    1.     Peace
    2.     Should you fight for Peace?
    3.     Kofi Annan said ‘Education is quite simply, peace-building, by another name.’ Do you agree? Answer with reference to you country and/or the Commonwealth.
    4.     What is the cost of peace?

    One winner and one Runner-up will be chosen from each category and taken to London for one week for educational and cultural events. The height of the events will be the Awards Ceremony with Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards of Excellence in Writing given in both categories. All entrants will however receive Certificate of Participation.

    The 2017 Queen’s Commonwealth Competition for Young Writers is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and below. To know if you are eligible to participate, see list of Commonwealth Countries.
    Read the Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions before submitting your entry as you will not be able to edit your essay once it has been uploaded.

    Entries will be accepted from 21st September, 2016 – 1st May, 2017. Entries submitted after 1st May, 2017 will not be accepted.

    You will be required to enter as ‘A teacher, on behalf of pupils’. You can add additional pupils (as many as necessary). Please ensure you enter all necessary information for each student. You will be given an individual reference number for each student which is needed to download the students’ certificates. Please keep these reference numbers safe so that you can use them to download the certificates for your students, or hand each student’s reference numbers to him/her so that he/she can download his/her certificate individually when the results are announced in August 2017.

    NB: All entries must be submitted online through a computer (Desktop or Laptop) and not mobile devices.

    You can submit your entry via post by completing this ENTRY FORM in block letters and attaching it in front of your essay.
    NB: Entries should be sent to the post office nearest to you before 1st April, 2017.

    The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
    The Royal Commonwealth Society
    Award House, 7-11 St Matthew Street
    SW1P 2JT
    United Kingdom

    Visit the Official website of The Royal Commonwealth Society for further details.

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