J-FLAG & JYAN Secondary School Essay Competition

Background

J-FLAG recently launched a Secondary School Essay Competition: Our Human Rights at The Great Debate held at the University of the West Indies’ Regional Headquarters on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Given the limited exposure of secondary school students to human rights issues, we believe it is important that we create avenues for students at this level to conduct research in this area while developing their critical thinking skills. We hope that this essay writing competition will encourage students and teachers (who will supervise students) to incorporate knowledge garnered from participation in this competition into their classrooms, clubs and societies, and in discussions with their peers to continuously raise awareness about this and other related issues.

We also hope that this will encourage the development of a stronger sense of citizenship and a deeper understanding of the rights guaranteed by all persons under the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom regardless of being male or female, race, place of origin, social class, colour, religion or political opinion. All essays will be uploaded to an online repository accessible by the public as part of J-FLAG’s public awareness and education programme.

Competition Period:

Monday, April 7, 2014 to Friday, July 4, 2014 at midnight. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 28, 2014.

Essay topics:

  1. Category 1 – students who are 13-15 years old and registered at a secondary high school in Jamaica.

Human rights are for everyone. Discuss

  1. Category 2 – students who are 16-19 years old and registered at a secondary high school in Jamaica.

The right to freedom of expression is absolute. Discuss

Prizes:

The winner from each category will receive a 7” Samsung Tablet 3, a gift certificate valued at $10,000 each and a winner’s plaque.

The runner up from each category will receive a gift certificate valued at $10,000 each and a gift basket.

Rules:

  1. All essays should be typed with 1.5 line spacing, using APA guidelines and must be accompanied with a reference page.
  2. For category 1, essays should be 300 – 500 words in length. Essays exceeding this limit will not be considered. Essays below the minimum number of word count will not be considered.
  3. For category 2, essays should be 1000-1200 words in length. Essays exceeding this limit will not be considered. Essays below the minimum number of word count will not be considered. Your cover page and reference list are not included in the word count.
  4. All essays must be submitted via email to humanrightsessays@gmail.com in Microsoft Word format only. You will receive an immediate verification that your essay has been received. If you do not receive a verification email within one hour of your submission please call 849-1403.
  5. A cover page with your full name, age, name of school, your email address, contact number, and mailing address.
  6. Proof of age must be submitted with all essays.
  7. Essays will be graded based on the following rubric

Content                                              10

Analysis & Persuasion                    8

APA formatting & Reference        4

Style & Grammar                             3

For additional information or clarification please contact our Education & Outreach Manager at 849-1403 or email theignosticnugent@gmail.com.

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