TSL International Schools Essay Competition

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TSL International Schools Essay Competition

The Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) is pleased to invite applications for TSL International Schools Essay Competition. The competition is open to primary students and secondary students supported by teacher champions, parents and schools.

TSL invite schoolchildren around the world to share their unique perspectives on the role young people can play in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal #15 – to conserve and sustainably manage life on land.

This year’s theme is young people are key to achieving SDG #15 (Life on Land).

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Teacher Champions submit all essays on behalf of their school.
  • Children can participate in one of two categories – Primary Schools (ages 7-11) or Secondary Schools (ages 11-17).

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must need to do register and complete the information through the given link:


  • Each essay writer or video creator warrants that he/she personally created, wrote and produced his/her essay or video submission, except where otherwise quoted or credited in the essay or video.
  • Entries are subject to verification and will be declared invalid if they are reproduced, falsified, altered or tampered with in any way.
  • For judging purposes, entries should be in English.
  • It is the responsibility of participating schools to ensure that they have sought and obtained any relevant protections of intellectual property.
  • Individuals under the age of 19 and anyone else who is below the age of majority of their place of residence must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to enter the competition and be eligible to receive any prizes.
  • Minors who are selected as potential winners will also be required to provide the trust for sustainable living with a completed parental permission form
  • The form must include a parent’s or legal guardian’s approval signature and be returned within seven (7) days from the date of notice in order to be eligible to receive a prize.
  • Any minor who does not provide this parental permission from within seven (7) days or falsifies information will forfeit his or her right to be declared a winner and/or win a prize, and an alternate winner will be selected.
  • Children are strongly encouraged to share their own experiences (good or bad, local or national) in order to help bring their essays alive and support a meaningful international dialogue.
  • Each student is invited to submit one essay in English, entitled:
    • Primary students (ages 7-11; max. 400 words): Young people are key to achieving SDG #15 (Life on Land)
    • Secondary students (ages 11-17; max. 600 words): Young people are key to achieving SDG #15 (Life on Land)


  • Every year, one overall Grand Prize winner (plus Teacher Champion and parent) wins a free trip to the TSL International Schools Debates &
  • The writers of the top ten essays in each category (Primary or Secondary) receive medals and all Finalists, Honorable Mentions and Debate Attendees receive personalized certificates.
  • All students and Teacher Champions who participate in the essay competition are warmly invited to attend the 2019 International Schools Debates in British Columbia, Canada (8-12 July 2019).

Application Deadline:

The deadline for submissions is 20 December 2018.

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