2014 Gulen Institute Youth Platform- International High School Essay Competition (All Expense Paid Excursion to Washington DC)

Deadline for essay submission is December 20, 2013. 

The Gulen Institute Youth Platform has announced its fifth international essay contest, which is open to all high school students in grades 9th through 12th currently enrolled in public or private schools from across the nation and abroad.  Students are invited to address global challenges and propose potential solutions based on their own research and experience.

Contest winners will also be invited to participate in a platform held in Washington DC, at which they will have the opportunity to share their ideas and listen to their peers from around the world.  With this program, We hope to provide a chance for youth from around the world to engage each other in discussion and to advance cross-cultural understanding.

2014 Gulen Institute Youth Platform Topic:

What role should state and non-profit agencies play in the education of disadvantaged youth who are not realizing their potential?

Every nation invests in education to develop its “human capital,” a goal of which is to maintain and further the nation’s dynamic progress. The target of most education, public as well as private, is limited mostly to those youth already on their way to competence and fulfillment. But real, long term benefits for any society will be derived from the education of both advantaged and disadvantaged  youths.  Disadvantaged youth are all too often overlooked because of a number of factors: poverty and malnutrition, language differences, student immature attitudes, schools with inadequate facilities, poorly prepared teachers, and weak parental support.

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Address ONLY ONE of the following questions in an essay of approximately 2000 words.

1. How can state and non-profit agencies involve parents more in the education of their children whose disadvantages limit their educational opportunities?

2. How can state and non-profit agencies help educators improve their ability to understand the language and the values of students who are economically or socially disadvantaged and use language appropriate to educating these youth?

3. How can state and non-profit agencies help educators foster in students both an understanding of, and the means to, overcome the limitations of their backgrounds?

4. How can state and non-profit agencies help educators better understand the values and undeveloped abilities of disadvantaged students?

5. Students’ attitudes can limit their prospects as future parents and contributors to society. How can state and/or non-profit agencies help educators develop positive values and attitudes in these students?

6. Discuss whether state and non-profit agencies, as well as educators, should be involved in trying to alter at-risk students’ personalities.  If so, what is the role of parents in such involvement?

7. Discuss whether or not, and under what circumstances, state and non-profit agencies should be involved in educational matters in which credentialed teachers are responsible for teaching at-risk students.

8. With respect for every student’s uniqueness, how can state and non-profit agencies aid in designing learning and social environments that support each student’s developing mind?

After addressing for the questions you have chosen:

• Explain why you have chosen this question.

• Explain how you see the question as it relates to your own nation and contrast your nation’s policies with at least those of one other.

• Provide possible causes behind the youths who are disadvantaged.

• Provide potential means that realistically overcome these challenges.

• In final draft, establish a distinct voice.

Be sure to cite any relevant research in your responses.

Essays must/must be

• written in English;

• original, unpublished, and written entirely by student;

• contain student’s original opinions and recommendations based on research;

• at least 1,500 words in length but no more than 2,000 (Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count);

• typed, double-spaced with margins: left: 1.5″, right: 1″, top: 1″, bottom: 1″, page-numbered;

• include a bibliography; and

• comply with standards regarding citations and bibliography.

Please identity your first language, as papers are ranked in two categories.

Awards

AWARDS FOR STUDENTS

1st place 2,000 USD + 3-day excursion
2nd place 1,500 USD + 3-day excursion
3rd place 1,000 USD + 3-day excursion
4th – 15th place: 300 USD + 3-day excursion
16th – 30th place: 100 USD + 3-day excursion

All winners who ranked from 1st place to 30th place will be awarded a sponsored excursion to Washington, D.C.

In addition to participating in the award ceremony, students will have the opportunity to meet honorable U.S. Congress members, participate in discussions, visit local university and think-tank organizations, and enjoy tourist attractions in Washington, D.C.

Winning students’ airfare, accommodations, meals, and transportation will be sponsored.

All winners will receive a Certificate of Award from the Gulen Institute at the University of Houston.

 

AWARDS FOR TEACHERS

1st place 600 USD
2nd place 500 USD
3rd place 400 USD
4th-15th place 200 USD

Click Here to Submit your Essay Competition for the Gulen Institute Youth Platform 

For More Information:

Visit the the Official Webpage of the Gulen Institute Youth Platform

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