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TSL International Schools Essay Competition and Debate 2018


Global Essay Competition and Debate invites school children to explore practical ways to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources (SDG 14)


The annual TSL essay competition and debate is aimed at primary students (ages 7-11) and secondary students (ages 11-17), supported bt Teacher Champions and Schools.


The Trust for Sustainable Living


Primary Students (ages 7-11): “We can save the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources by 2030”.

Secondary Students (ages 11-17): “This house believes that the targets of UN SDG 14 are achievable”.

Reward Proposed

  • One overall Grand Prize winner (plus Teacher Champion and parent) will win a free trip to the TSL 2018 Debates & Awards in the Seychelles, which will take place during the first week of July 2018. In addition, medals will be awarded in each category for the top then essays and for the best individual and group contributions at the Debates.
  • All students and Teacher Champions who participate in the essay competition are invited to attend the Debates and Awards, regardless of whether their essays are singled out for special recognition as Finalists or Honourable Mentions. Please note: The Debate programme and registration details will follow in due course.


15th December, 2017

Rules for Application         

Essay Competition:

Primary Students (ages 7-11): “My plan to protect and manage our oceans, seas and marine resources” (max. 400 words)

Secondary Students (ages 11-17): “My plan to protect and manage our oceans, seas and marine resources” (max 600 words)

An international judging panel, 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 potentials to contribute to a broad-ranging and constructive international debate. 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 the registration. We regret that paper and emailed copies cannot be accepted, and essays more than 10% over the word limit will be automatically rejected.)


7th September to 15th December 2017 – School/Teachers register to participate as Teacher Champions.

15th December 2017 at midnight GMT – Deadline for submission of essays (and Schools Sustainability Challenge videos).

31st January 2018 (24:00 GMT) – Announcement of essay competition Finalists and Honourable Mention awardees.

31st May 2018 – Registration deadline for the Schools Debates & Awards (registration is compulsory to attend)

2nd to 7th July 2018 – International Schools Debates, Award and Visits, Victoria, Seychelles. In addition to the Primary and Secondary School Debates, which will take place on consecutive days, participants will enjoy a special programme of ocean themed visits and events, including CPD for Teacher Champions in support of the global, UNESCO-led Education for Sustainable Development programmes.

All participants other than the Grand Prize are responsible for making their own travel arrangements (e.g. flights, transfer, accommodation, subsistence and miscellaneous costs).

Further Enquiries

Email queries should be directed to: schools[at]livinggrainforest[dot]org

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