TSL 2016 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
Are Sustainable Cities Possible?
Global essay competition and debate invites schoolchildren to speak out for future generations and consider what the future holds for ‘sustainable cities’
The Trust for Sustainable Living is pleased to announce the Winners of its 2016 International Essay Competition and Debates. We received a record 1,115 essay entries from 57 counties, and welcomed over 200 people to the Debates & Awards in Dubai. The standard of dialogue and learning is rising each year, congratulations to all participating students, teachers and schools!
TSL 2016 International Schools Debates, Awards & Visits
The TSL 2016 International Schools Debates & Awards took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (17-21 April 2016). Over 200 students (age 7-17), Teacher Champions and parents attended from 17 countries. All schools participating in the essay competition were invited to .
Key Competition and Debate Dates
1 September 2015 – School/Teacher registration opens
15 December 2015 – Closing date for essay submissions (and Schools Sustainability Challenge video entries)
17-21 April 2016 – 2016 TSL International Schools Debates & Awards, Dubai (kindly hosted by Jumeirah English Speaking School). In addition to the Primary and Secondary School Debates, participants enjoyed a special programme of visits to Masdar City, Dubai Sustainable City and the Dubai Energy and Water Authority, plus a series of interactive exchanges or workshops on education for sustainable development (ESD) for Teacher Champions. With the exception of the Grand Prize Winner, participants made their own travel arrangements (e.g. flights, transfers, accommodation, subsistence and miscellaneous costs). Debate, Awards & Visits Programme Register Here to Attend Useful Information for Attendees Debate FAQ’s
It is often said that the future is urban.
More than half of the world’s 7.3 billion people currently live in cities. By 2050, we expect it will be more than two-thirds.
Like them or not, cities matter. But what will cities look like in the future, and what impact will they have on the rest of the planet?
The Trust for Sustainable Living is pleased to announce that the theme of the TSL 2016 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate is: Are Sustainable Cities Possible?
Are ‘sustainable cities’ just wishful thinking or can we make them a reality … and if so, how?
Schoolchildren around the globe (age 7-17) are invited to put their thoughts into words before 15th December 2015. (The deadline is slightly earlier this year to allow for cooler weather at the Debates in Dubai.)
The annual competition and debate are aimed at primary students (ages 7-11) and secondary students (ages 11-17), supported by Teacher Champions in both formal and home schools. One overall Grand Prize Winner (plus Teacher Champion and Parent) is awarded a free trip to the Debates & Awards, Trophy and £500, and prizes are awarded for 1st to 5th Places in each category (Primary and Secondary). All participating schools are invited to attend the Debates, Awards & Visits.
For the 2016 competition, students are invited to write an essay outlining their thoughts on sustainable cities, in English, as follows:
Primary students (ages 7-11): Are sustainable cities possible? (max. 400 words)
Secondary students (ages 11-17): Are sustainable cities possible? (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 international debate on the future of sustainable cities. 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% over the word limit will be automatically rejected.)
Resources for Schools
To assist teachers and students in preparing for the competition and debate, we have prepared a page of supporting resources to help get started.
To access resources from previous competitions dating back to 2011, use the menu bar at the upper left hand side of this page.
TSL 2016 Schools Sustainability Challenge
In addition to the essay competition, the Trust for Sustainable Living runs a parallel international contest called the Schools Sustainability Challenge. Teacher Champions are invited to submit short videos showcasing their schools’ best sustainability projects. Schools are welcome to participate in both contests. The Challenge winners will be announced at the 2016 Debates & Awards in Dubai.
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