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Write an essay, go on a trip to the US

If you have a flair for writing and love to travel abroad, here’s a chance to fulfil your dreams. ELS Educational Services, Inc. has announced an essay competition for students in association with the United Nations.

education Updated: Apr 06, 2015 14:39 IST
HT Education Correspondent
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If you have a flair for writing and love to travel abroad, here’s a chance to fulfil your dreams. ELS Educational Services, Inc. has announced an essay competition for students in association with the United Nations. Titled Many Languages, One World, the essay contest will help successful contestants go on a trip to New York to participate in the United Nations Global Youth Forum and ELS Preparatory Conference.

The contest is aimed at supporting multilingualism, to reflect on the United Nations sustainability goals and to recognise the continued impact of the United Nations’ six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Students need to write their essays in their second or third language.

Students above 18 years of age who are currently enrolled in a full-time study programme at a recognised university are eligible to compete to win a place as a delegate to the Preparatory Conference and Global Youth Forum. Students must be attested by a university faculty member or an authorised university representative in order to participate.

In 2014, close to 1,500 essays were submitted, with contestants from 128 different countries. The 60 winners represented 26 different countries and continents.

For this year’s contest, 10 winners will be selected from each language group, with an additional ten on merit from the remaining entries in all languages for a total of 70 winners in honour of the 70th year of the United Nations.

The winners will get to travel to New York in July 2015. Students who are above 18 years and are currently enrolled in a full-time programme of study at a university are eligible to compete. Essay submissions are not to exceed 2,000 words. For full contest details, rules and entry guidelines, visit ManyLanguagesOneWorld.els.edu.
The deadline for submitting applications in March 25, 2015.