20 December 2019.





The Essay Competition – The Trust for Sustainable Living

The Trust for Sustainable Living is pleased to invite schoolchildren around the world to share their dreams about the potential of partnerships to help achieve a more sustainable future. Every year the competition focuses on a different global sustainability challenge. This year’s theme is PARTNER POWER.

More Details

The essay competition is aimed at primary students and secondary students, supported by Teacher Champions, parents and schools. (To participate, each school simply needs to register a Teacher Champion to coordinate on its behalf.).

Students and Teacher Champions who participate in the essay competition will be eligible to participate in a National Debate on the same theme in Spring 2020, leading to an International Online Debate (among the top performing students), and Teacher Champions Exchange, in Summer 2020. For the first time ever, the international events will take place online to help support the broadest possible participation from around the world.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Writing

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

15 February 2020: Announcement of international essay competition awards – Finalists (Top 10%) and Honourable Mentions (Top 33%).

15 February – 15 June 2020: National Schools Debates.

15 June 2020: Deadline to register for International Online Schools Debates / Teacher Champions Exchange.

Early July 2020 (exact date TBC): International Online Schools Debates / Teacher Champions Exchange.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Teacher Champions represent their school and submit all the children’s essays. Children can participate in one of two categories – Primary Schools (ages 7-11) or Secondary Schools (ages 11-17).
  • Students are free to approach the topic however they wish. For example, they might decide to:

Consider one or many of the SDG’s.

Concentrate on already existing or possible future initiatives.

Focus on local, national or international level partnerships.

However they decide to approach their essays, children are strongly encouraged to include their own personal views, perspectives and experiences to help bring their visions alive.

  • Each student is invited to submit one essay in English, entitled “My vision: Partnerships for a sustainable future”.
  • The essay length varies by age as follows:

Primary students (ages 7-11): 400 words.

Secondary students (ages 11-17): 600 words.

  • The essays are judged for originality and creativity in all formats – and the potential to contribute to constructive national or international debate. Unique and well-argued perspectives score highly.
  • Students are strongly discouraged from copying and pasting non-original material. The same snippets of text tend to reappear again and again from common sources such as Wikipedia, and thus become very obvious to our essay readers!
  • Each child’s age is taken into account when judging, so that younger children are not at an unfair disadvantage when compared with older children.
  • The following web links can be used as a starting point by teachers and children to explore the idea of partnerships for the SDG’s and to begin developing creative responses to this year’s essay and debate topic:

Teen activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York by boat, putting ‘climate crisis’ in spotlight.

UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals – Resources for Educators.

World’s Largest Lesson – Introducing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

UN SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

SDG Tracker – SDG 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Further suggestions are very welcome and can be emailed to us here.

Opportunity Cost


  • In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the competition, the overall Grand Prize winner (plus Teacher Champion and parent) will win a trophy and a free trip to Oxford, UK in Summer 2020, including £500 spending money.
  • The writers of the Top Ten essays in each school category (Primary or Secondary) and the Debate Winners will receive medals, and all Essay Finalists and Honourable Mentions and all Debate participants will receive personalised e-certificates.

How to Apply

First Step: Enter information about you and your school then click on submit.

Second Step: Confirm your email address.

Third Step: Fill in the application then submit it.

Apply Now

More Details

Know more about this opportunity:

Official Website

Marj3 recommended links

To learn how to write CV, Essays, Personal statement,  and know about recommendation letters click here:

Marj3 recommended links

This Scholarship Published by:
Hanine Aymen/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Mohamed Magdi Eweda / Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team