TSL 2016 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate

Submission Deadline: 15th December 2015

Are Sustainable Cities Possible?

Global essay competition invites schoolchildren to speak out for future generations and consider what the future holds for ‘sustainable cities’

The Trust for Sustainable Living is pleased to announce that the theme of the TSL 2016 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate is: Are Sustainable Cities Possible

Are ‘sustainable cities’ just wishful thinking or can we make them a reality … and if so, how?

Schoolchildren around the globe (age 7-17) are invited to put their thoughts into words and submit their essays before the 15th December 2015 deadline. (Note that the deadline is slightly earlier this year to allow for cooler weather at the Debates in Dubai.)

For Whom:

  • The competition and debate are aimed at primary students (ages 7-11) and secondary students (ages 11-17) and their teachers in both formal and home schools.
  • One overall Grand Prize Winner (plus Teacher Champion and Parent) will receive a free trip to the 2016 Debates & Awards in Dubai, hosted by the Jumeirah English Speaking School (17-21 April 2016), and prizes will be awarded for 1st to 5th Places in each category (Primary and Secondary).
  • All participating schools will be invited to attend the Debates & Awards.

Essay Competition

For the 2016 competition, students are invited to write an essay outlining their thoughts on sustainable cities, in English, as follows:

Primary students (ages 7-11): Are sustainable cities possible? (max. 400 words)

Secondary students (ages 11-17): Are sustainable cities possible? (max. 600 words)

For each category, schools are invited to submit up to 30 essays online. (These must be submitted by the Teacher Champion, using the login details provided at registration. We regret that paper and emailed copies cannot be accepted, and essays more than 10% over the word limit will be automatically rejected.)

International Schools Debate & Awards

The TSL 2016 International Schools Debate & Awards will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. All schools participating in the Essay Competition will be invited to send a team of students to represent them, plus Teacher Champions and parents/legal guardians. Participants must cover their own costs.


Key Dates

1 September 2015 – School/Teacher registration opens

15 December 2015 – Closing date for essay submissions (and Schools Sustainability Challenge video entries)

15 January 2016 – Schools notified of winning Finalists and Honourable Mentions and invited to attend International Schools Debate and Awards in Dubai

17-21 April 2016 – 2016 TSL International Schools Debates & Awards, hosted by the Jumeirah English Speaking School, Dubai. In addition to the Primary and Secondary School Debates, which occur on separate days, we are organising a special programme of educational visits in and around Dubai – not to be missed! Voluntary contributions will be requested to help cover costs and participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements (e.g. flights, transfers, accommodation, subsistence and miscellaneous costs).

Email queries should be directed to: [email protected]

For More  Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the TSL 2016 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate


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