21 May 2019

Sierra Leone: Queen Launches Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition

The Royal Commonwealth Society, in partnership with The British High Commission in Sierra Leone and MasterPeace Sierra Leone, have launched the 2019 Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition in Freetown.

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world's oldest schools' international writing competition, established in 1883. With thousands of young people taking part every year, it is an important way to recognise achievements, elevate youth voices and develop key skills through creative writing.

This year, the essay competition is keen to receive entries from young people in Sierra Leone under the Theme "A Connected Commonwealth". A connected commonwealth highlights the shared values, interests and experiences across the network. It calls on young people to consider the potential of the Commonwealth in strengthening the vast and varied links between citizens.

The competition promotes literacy, expression and creativity among young people whiles celebrating excellence and imagination. It provides young people with the opportunity to practice their written English and develop invaluable skills in creative writing, critical thinking and the ability to express and argue opinions.

The Royal Commonwealth Society initiated a programme of school outreach last week, including a visit to the St Joseph's School in Freetown. Children learned about the competition, and how to apply, and were given tips on what makes a good essay.

There are two categories for participation: The Junior Category for children born on or after 2 June 2005 (under 14 years of age); and the Senior Category for children born between 2 June 2000 and 1 June 2005 (14-18 years of age).

Every entrant and every school receives a certificate and chance to win an award. One Winner and Runner-up will be chosen from each category. Winners and Runner-up will be flown to London for a week of educational and cultural events, culminating in a special Awards Ceremony. A number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be given to both the Senior and Junior categories, rewarding excellence in writing. However, all entrants will receive a certificate of participation.

More information is on the website at www.thercs.org/competition or applicants can contact Ambassador Charles Sylvanus Boye Jr. on: +23278235002/+232 34 08 98 25/ +23277235002 or email: masterpeacesl@gmail.com.

Young people across Sierra Leone can write on topical and future-facing commonwealth themes linked to democracy, diversity and development, and make their voices heard. Entries are encouraged from schools and individuals. It is an opportunity to enhance school profiles and contribute to a quality curriculum. All entries must be submitted by 1 June 2019.

Good luck!

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