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$1000 to $10,000

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Call for Entries: SADC Tertiary Institution Essay Competition 2024


Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tertiary Institution Essay Competition is calling for submissions of essay entries from active tertiary institution-going learners.

The SADC Tertiary Institution Essay Competition was introduced as part of the initiatives aimed at providing due recognition to the Founders of SADC for their contribution to the establishment of SADC and subsequent pursuance of a regional integration agenda.

The topic for the 2024 edition is; “What in your opinion has SADC achieved since its formation; and does it reflect the vision of its founders?”

The entries will be coordinated by the Ministries of Education in all respective SADC Member States. It is the responsibility of Government officials in SADC Member States to submit the top three (3) essays to SADC Secretariat for adjudication at regional level.

  • Overall Objective

    • To enhance awareness of SADC citizens, through evidence-based research, of the historical genesis and process of regional integration and the pivotal role played by Founders of SADC. The aim of the essay is to honour SADC Founders, and increase SADC citizens’ awareness of the history of the liberation of Southern Africa, regional cooperation and regional integration, as well as to recognise the pioneering contribution of the Founders of SADC.

  • Specific Objectives

    • The specific objectives of this competition essay are as follows:

      • Conduct a research on the history of the Founders and the roles they played in the liberation of Southern Africa, and the establishment of SADC;

      • Outline their achievements as individuals, their roles, watershed speeches and quotes;

      • Outline the SADC Founding fathers’ heritage; and

      • Produce a write-up which will be used to raise awareness among SADC citizens, in particular the youth, regarding the history and Founders of SADC, and in so doing, preserve their legacies.

Award Information
  • The winning entry will receive a once o­ prize money which will cover the outright payment of the Intellectual Property Rights of the essay. The monetary prize will be accompanied by a certicate signed by the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security His Excellency Hakainde Hichilema, President of the Republic of Zambia. The prize will be paid directly to the winner in his/her home country through the Secretariat.

  • The prizes are as follows;

    • 1st prize = USD2000

    • 2nd Prize = USD1500

    • 3rd Prize = USD1000

    • The top 10 winners will all receive certicates signed by the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.

  • The deadline for submission of entries to Ministries of Education in respective SADC Member States is 29th February 2024. The deadline for submission of entries to the Secretariat by Ministries of Education is 31st March 2024.

Eligibility :
  • All active tertiary institution-going learners from all 16 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States are welcome to participate in the competition.

Post Date: November 27, 2023

Location :
South Africa
Comoros (the)
United Republic of Tanzania (the)

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