Published On: Wed, Feb 19th, 2014

ECLAC launches poster and essay competition to celebrate the International Year of Small Island Developing States in 2014

ECLACStudents from 28 countries in the region have been invited to participate in competitions to celebrate in 2014 the International Year of Small Island Developing States (IYS).

A poster competition for primary and secondary schools and an essay competition for secondary and tertiary level students organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) are the first of a number of region-wide activities in which ECLAC plans to engage the countries of the subregion throughout the year, to raise awareness and promote wider knowledge and understanding of the critical issues relevant to the sustainable development aspirations of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

These competitions are intended to encourage the youth of the Caribbean to express their perspective on both the challenges and opportunities of small island living through art and the written word.

The contests are open to children and youth of the 16 Caribbean States that are members of the United Nations and the 12 non-self-governing Caribbean territories that are Associate Member Countries of ECLAC.

For the poster competition, participants are invited to create an artistic rendering that expresses their vision of one of the following selected themes:

  1. Island living: small is beautiful
  2. Protecting our island home: the impact of climate change
  3. A rich heritage and culture: the true wealth of our nations
  4. Going green: reducing waste and promoting sustainable energy use

The essay writers will address the topic “Unleashing the creativity and resilience of our people to build prosperous Caribbean Societies”.

The deadline for submission of all entries is 28 February 2014.

National winners will be selected by local panels from the participating countries. ECLAC will make the final selections, and announce the regional winners by 31 March 2014.  The winners will be lauded at the high level celebration of the International Year of SIDS which will be held in Kingston, Jamaica on 24 April 2014.

For further information please contact Ms. Denise Balgobin at denise.balgobin@eclac.org and (868)224-8075 or Ms. Veera Deokiesingh-Fraser at veera.deokiesinghfraser@eclac.org, and (868) 224-8006.

 

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SIDS

 

Rules and Guidelines

 

ESSAY COMPETITION

 

The Essay Competition will be open to contestants from eligible countries in two categories:

a. Secondary Division              -           Youth ages 12 to 18 years

b. Tertiary Division                  -           Youth ages 18+ to 25 years

  • Contestants in the Secondary Division will write a 500 - 1000 word essay
  • Contestants in the Tertiary Division will write a 1000 - 1500 word essay

All contestants will address the following topic:

 

“Unleashing the creativity and resilience of our people to build prosperous Caribbean Societies”

Contestants will be expected to discuss what they see as the critical development issues facing the small states of the Caribbean, whether economic, social or environmental, and to suggest ways to create opportunities for growth and development, particularly for the benefit of the youth of the subregion.

The following guidelines should be observed:

  • Essays must be typed double spaced using Times New Roman, 12 point.
  • Essays may be submitted in hard copy or by email in PDF format
  • Only original work from the student will be accepted.
  • Each submission must reflect the student's own research, writing and original thinking.
  • Only one (1) entry may be submitted by each student.
  • All entries submitted become the property of ECLAC
  • Each submission must include a title page, not considered text, with the following information:
  1. Title of the work
  2. Contestant’s name, date of birth and contact information
  3. School name, address and contact information, and school stamp

The competition will be judged at the national level by a Panel of Judges comprising country representatives designated by the Ministry of Education.  Essays will be assessed on substantive content, structure, grammar, style and creativity.  The regional adjudication will be undertaken by ECLAC. National and regional winners will be announced by March 31, 2014.  Regional winners will be recognized at the High Level Event celebrating the International Year of SIDS in Kingston Jamaica, April 24, 2014.

The deadline for submission of entries is February 28, 2014. Completed entries should be sent to the attention of the National Selection Committee, care of your country’s Ministry of Education.

Contestants are invited to consult the ECLAC website at: www.eclacpos.org  for information on SIDS.

For further information please contact Ms. Denise Balgobin at denise.balgobin@eclac.org and (868)224-8000 or Ms Veera Deokiesingh-Fraser at  Veera.deokiesinghfraser@eclac.org, and (868) 224-8006.

 

POSTER COMPETITION

 

The Poster Competition will be open to contestants from eligible countries in two categories:

a. Junior Division                                            -           Children ages 12 years and under

b. Senior Division                                -           Youth ages 12+ to 18 years

The Junior Division should be administered at the primary school level; the Senior Division at the secondary school level.

The Competition will be conducted through the primary and secondary level schools throughout the Caribbean subregion. Each individual entry should be submitted through the contestant’s school.

  1. The contestants are invited to create a drawing expressing their vision of one of the competition’s themes as follows:

a. Island Living: Small is Beautiful

b. Protecting our island home:  the impact of climate change

c. A rich heritage and culture: the true wealth of our nations

d. Going green: reducing waste and promoting sustainable energy use

  1. Entries should be no more than 28 X 22 inches in size.
  2. Drawings can utilize coloured pencils, crayons, paints and mixed  media;
  3. The name and date of birth of the contestant should be written on the back of the drawing, together with the name and contact information, and stamp of the school;
  4. All entries submitted become the property of the National Selection Committee and ECLAC, and may be used for national display and regional promotional purposes;
  5. Deadline for the receipt of entries: February 28, 2014.

Each school may submit no more than three entries, selected by the school administration, for submission to the respective country’s National Selection Committee no later than February 28, 2014.

The National Selection Committee comprising country representatives designated by the Ministry of Education will serve as a Panel of Judges who  will choose three winners (first, second and third place) at each of the primary and secondary levels.

The national first place winners at both the primary and secondary levels will be submitted to ECLAC for the adjudication of the winning entries at the regional level.

The National and Regional winners will be announced by March 31, 2014. Regional winners will be recognized at the High Level Event celebrating the International Year of SIDS in Kingston Jamaica, April 24, 2014.

The contestants’ work will be assessed on its interpretation of the chosen theme, as well as on its artistic and creative expression.

Contestants are invited to consult the ECLAC website at www.eclacpos.org for information on SIDS.

For further information please contact Ms. Denise Balgobin at denise.balgobin@eclac.org and (868)224-8000 or Ms Veera Deokiesingh-Fraser at  Veera.deokiesinghfraser@eclac.org, and (868) 224-8006.

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