SADC Secondary School Essay Competition

Pursuant to Council decision 5.1.2.3 of 4-5 August 2000 in Windhoek, Namibia coupled with Council Decision 13.2.2.8 of 12-14 August 2004 in Grand Baie, Mauritius, the SADC Secondary School Competition is to be held annually through adjudication by the Committee constituting representative from SADC Member States.

The SADC Council of Ministers approved the established of the annual SADC Secondary School Essay Competition to support the process of regional co-operation and integration in the Region. The SADC Secretariat on annual basis announces the launch of the competition to Member States basing on the current theme of the SADC Heads of State and Government.
 
All secondary school going students from all 16 SADC Member States are welcome to participate in the Competition. 

Competition Rules and Guidelines 

  • The entrants’ work should not have been published/broadcast by a registered and/or authorized broadcast company, newspaper, blogs, radio station, television station or agency or carried on an online of a registered and/or authorized agency in any of the SADC Member States. 
  • The competition will only accept one (1) submission per writer and is open to all registered Secondary School active learners. 
  • All writers/candidates who are SADC nationals may enter the competition, except those in institutions contracted by SADC, family members/ children of SADC Secretariat staff, subsidiaries of SADC and the SADC Secretariat staff. 
  • All essays entering the competition should be in one of the SADC working languages, i.e. English, Portuguese and French. However, the writer can use some inserts in any national indigenous language of the SADC Region, but provide translation in the glossary. Learners are also encouraged to reference their work where necessary. 
  • The tone/composition of the essay must be reflective of the SADC region; and relate to the people and culture of inhabitants of the region. 

Entries are initially screened and judged by the Ministries of Education in all respective SADC Member States and consequently submit the top 3 essays per each Member State to SADC Secretariat for adjudication at regional level and selection of the top three (3) overall winners. 

The wording of the master piece each year and its content should aim at addressing the topic and at the same time promoting the SADC’s Objectives and Common Agenda. 

All entries are typed and submitted in electronic version in Microsoft Word document format, and in hard copies and are signed and initialised by the author. All essays entering the competition should be in one of the SADC working languages, i.e. English, Portuguese and French and submissions are accompanied with a SADC Secondary School Essay Competition Entry Form which contains full contact details of the entrant, including, passport-sized photograph, physical address, telephone, fax number and email address; and contact details of the entrant’s parent or guardian. 

The essay are usually conducted in 1200 words and the deadline for submission of entries to the Secretariat is 30th April every year. At national level in all respective SADC Member States the competition is coordinated by the Ministries of Education who sets out a date for submission of entries to their offices. It is the responsibility of Government officials in SADC Member States to submit the top 3 essays to SADC Secretariat for adjudication at regional level. Learners should liaise with their School Heads to submit their entries to the Ministries of Education. 

Every year the SADC Secretariat sets out questions to guide entrants when responding to the SADC theme for the currently year which learners should ensure that they address the questions in their responses. 

Winner and Prize 

The winning entries receive a once off prize money which covers the outright payment of the Intellectual Property Rights of the essay. The monetary prize is accompanied by a certificate signed by the Chairperson of SADC and the prize is paid directly to the winner in his/her home country through the Secretariat. 

The top three (3) Regional Winners are awarded were as follows; 

  • 1st prize - US$1000.00 
  • 2nd prize - US$1000.00 
  • 3rd prize - US$750.00 

The regional winners (top 3) travel to the Official Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the  SADC Summit to receive their prize money and certificates. The official announcement of the winners is made during the Official Opening Ceremony of the Summit of Heads of State and Government which is scheduled to take place on the 17th August every year, which is a SADC Day Commemoration.

The other top 10 winners receive certificates signed by the Chairperson of SADC. 

The top three (3) national winners are awarded as follows;

  • 1st prize - US$500.00 
  • 2nd prize - US$300.00 
  • 3rd prize - US$200.00 

The certificates at National level are issued by the SADC Secretariat and are signed by the Minister of Education and the SADC Executive Secretary.