Energy Month Essay Competition for College and Secondary Students

Are you ready to share your ideas on why CARICOM must advance the Region’s sustainable energy transition and your vision for how your country can support this transition?

As part of Energy Month, the CARICOM Energy unit is inviting college and secondary students to write letters or essays to the CARICOM Secretary General and CARICOM Heads of Government.

Prizes include laptops, projectors for schools and the Golden Pen Award for Best Overall Entry.

The competition is open for participation to all CARICOM nationals and citizens under three (3) categories.

  • Participants must be students within one of the following categories:
  1. Tertiary (ages 16-30)
  2. Secondary (Forms 1-3/ Grade 7-9)
  3. Secondary (Forms 4-6)/ Grade 10-13)
  • Entries will only be judged if they meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Children and immediate families of staff of the CARICOM Secretariat and the Regional Youth Essay Competition Judges are not eligible to participate.

Winners will be announced on Facebook and via email at the end of January 2018.

Entry Period
The Essay Competition begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 and ends at 12 midnight on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Entries submitted after the entry period will not be eligible.

How to Enter
Secondary School Students:

  • A teacher or parent must submit the entry/entries on behalf of a secondary school student.
  • All submissions must be e-mailed by the teacher or parent to caricom.energy@gmail.com
  • The e-mail submission MUST include:
    • The completed essay attached in pdf format (700 words)
    • The full name and age of the student, school, and grade/form (Please check your school policy on student work being published).
    • Proof of nationality or citizenship – submit a scanned copy of any one of the following: (Birth certificate / Bio-data page of passport / Identification card)
    • Parent: Name, telephone number, e-mail address, mailing address
    • Teacher: Name, telephone number, e-mail address and your school address.
    • A signed declaration form which requires the signature of the parent or teacher and school principal along with the school’s stamp. Example of the format can be found at Annex I.

All participants desirous of participating in the competition must pre-register by completing the registration form found here. Each entrant will receive a confirmation of registration email from the CARICOM Energy Programme.

Tertiary Students:

  • Entrants must be between the ages of 16 – 30 years old
  • All submissions must be e-mailed to caricom.energy@gmail.com
  • The e-mail submission MUST include:
    • The completed essay attached in pdf format (1000 words excluding references)
    • Your full name, age, tertiary institution and course of study
    • Proof of nationality or citizenship – submit a scanned copy of any one of the following: (Birth certificate / Bio-data page of passport / Identification card)
    • Proof of Registration in a Tertiary Institution (Registration Slip, Letter of Registration etc.)
    • A signed declaration form which requires the signature of a lecturer. Example of the format can be found at Annex II.
    • All participants desirous of participating in the competition must pre-register by completing the registration form found here. Each entrant will receive a confirmation of registration email from the CARICOM Energy Programme.

Guidelines

  • Essays must be submitted with an appropriate title
  • Essays must not exceed the 700 words limit for Secondary School participants
  • Essays must not exceed the 1000 words limit for Tertiary participants
  • Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
  • Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
  • Essays must be written in English, Times New Roman, font 12, single line spacing
  • All sources must be properly referenced, using APA style preferably
  • Entries not meeting the requirement will be disqualified and removed from the competition.

The CARICOM Energy Unit reserves the right to reject any additional entries or entries that it deems offensive, obscene, inappropriate, or not in compliance with the competition rules. By entering, you indicate your acceptance of the Official Rules and the decisions of the competition, which are final and binding.

The CARICOM Secretariat will award one prize to the winner of each Category and a Golden Pen Award will be given for the best overall entry within the competition.

Questions about competition rules and the CARICOM Energy Month can be emailed to caricom.energy@gmail.com

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