Year 1 After Covid-19 Essay Contest in India: 500 submissions already received
The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic spread rapidly across nations and country after country responded with lockdowns, making about 1.5 billion students globally remain at home.
Under these circumstances, and in order to engage students in a constructive reflection on current and forthcoming challenges, UNESCO and Takhte have organized a rolling essay contest entitled ‘Year 1 AC (After Coronavirus): Pan India Online Essay Contest 2020’. Children (aged 11–14 years) and youth (aged 15–24 years) have been invited to unleash the power of writing to combat isolation and stimulate creativity.
During the first month since its launch, hundreds of young participants from across 24 states in India shared their meaningful and provoking thoughts through their essays. As of mid-May, more than 500 submissions were received, from children and youth, ranging from 11 to 24 years. Participants - notably young women accounting for over 67% of the submissions under the Youth category, have voiced their concerns about life after the coronavirus, especially on gender roles and stereotypes.
The contest has captured Indian young people’s desire to express their thoughts during this period, visualizing the future they would like to build after the coronavirus fades away.
Following a thorough screening process, 35 winning essays have been showcased through the UNESCO website and social media channels. Each of the essays has something new and important to say. Here is what some of the young writers had to say.
UNESCO New Delhi and Takhte would like to thank all the participants and encourage the others to send their voices as the contest is ongoing and will continue to receive submissions until a date to be announced.
Keep writing and sharing your thoughts on how to build a better future for all!