By: Wazobia Staff
Are you age 18 or older and enrolled as a full-time college or university student? Are you bilingual or multilingual? Would you like to share your ideas on a global topic and visit the United Nations? Well read on.
ELS Educational Services, Inc. (ELS), in collaboration with United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), invites you to enter the fourth Many Languages, One World® Essay Contest. Become one of 60 winners from around the world who will (1) have their work presented to the United Nations, (2) become a delegate in the 2017 Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum, (3) win an all-expenses paid trip to Boston and New York City between July 15-26, 2017.
To enter the contest, write an original essay (2,000 words or fewer) discussing global citizenship and cultural understanding, and the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. The essay should reflect your personal, academic, cultural and national context.
Essays must be written in an official language of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish) that is neither your first language (language(s) spoken at home) nor the medium of instruction in either your primary or secondary education (or a medium of instruction if attending a bilingual school).
Contestants must have a faculty member or other authorized representative from their college or university to complete a referral form attesting that the contestant is a current full-time student of the institution in good standing, that the essay is written in a language that is neither the contestant’s first language nor the principal language of instruction during the entrant’s primary or secondary education, and that the entry is the contestant’s original, unaided work. Entries and paperwork must be uploaded in MS Word format to the website ManyLanguagesOneWorld.org. The deadline for submitting entries is March 16, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
The theme for the Global Youth Forum (not the essay) is “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” in the context of multilingualism, cultural diversity and global citizenship. At the forum, students will create action plans addressing selected topics from the Sustainable Development Agenda and will present their views at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. These international delegates will also have the opportunity to interact with invited international scholars and tour Boston and New York City. The winners will NOT be reading or presenting the text of their essays at this event.
Airfare, accommodations and meals will be provided by ELS Educational Services, Inc.
For more information about the contest, instructions, related forms, and contact information, visit: www.manylanguagesoneworld.org