Friday, April 24, 2015


 
SADC NATIONAL YOUTH COMPETITION LAUNCHED TODAY 24 MAY 2015 BY THE NATIONAL YOUTH FOCAL PERSON IN WATER SECTOR

 COMPETITION DETAILS

Jointly organised by the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) and SADC, the competition encourages youth to have a closer look at the water situation in their countries and to reflect on what “effective water management” means to them. The competition motivates young people to think about a vision for water post 2015 that would meet the needs of their countries and the region. By entering, participants will learn and share about effective water management in their countries and region and how they can play a role in its protection.

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

 

Eligibility: Youth between the ages of 15 and 18 years from SADC member states. 

Competition Timeline: The competition will run from 24 April to 25 May 2015.

Competition categories: (i) Written – essay or story and (ii) Visual – photograph or art. Only one entry is allowed per participant in each category.

Deadline for submissions: No later than 17:00 PM on Sunday 17 May 2015. Entries should be submitted to the competition email account: twptz4@gmail.com

Announcement of winner (s): 25 May 2015.

 

PRIZE CATEGORIES AND AWARDS
(a) National Winners

One winner only from each country in each category

Award: A fully paid national trip for each winner and chaperone to a GWPSA/ SADC event (venue and date to be confirmed later). The winner will also receive a plaque/ supplementary prizes.

(b) Regional Winners:

The 1st Prize: One entrant (in each category) – A fully paid trip for the winner and a chaperone to a GWPSA/ SADC event (date and venue to be confirmed later). The winner will also receive a plaque/ supplementary prizes.

The 2nd Prize: One entrant (in each category) - A fully paid trip for winner and chaperone to a GWPSA/ SADC event (date and venue to be confirmed later). The winner will also receive a plaque/supplementary prizes.

The 3rd Prize: Three entrants (in each category) – A diploma/certificate for each winner (No cash)

EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS

 

Winners will be selected through a fair and impartial procedure by the organizers.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR ESSAYS/STORIES

Essay submissions will be evaluated using the following criteria:

·         Significance: entries should be specific enough that they can go into some level of depth, but significant enough that it impacts a large number of people and/or country

·         Originality: Entries should present a solution and or an idea that is original

·         Creativity:  the idea and or solution must be innovative thereby demonstrating creativity

·         Clarity: Individuals should present their idea in a clear and concise manner 

 

GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN CATEGORY

 

Essay and stories can be written in any one of the SADC languages namely; English, French and Portuguese.

The submission should include (but not be limited to) the following:

 

i. Title of essay.

ii. Explanation of problem and context.

iii. Explanation of Solution:  

         a. Why is it relevant?

         b. By who, what, how and when would it be implemented?

         d. What is the expected impact to the solution?

iv. What are the water management challenges in your country and how can they be addressed?

v.     Any additional information, as individual sees fit.

 

Essay or story must not exceed 1000 words excluding the title and personal details.  


The submission must be in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font. All appropriate information must be cited. It should be sent in PDF or Microsoft Word format (in English, French, or Portuguese).  

GUIDELINES FOR VISUAL CATEGORY

Participants are encouraged to submit a photograph or art that best reflects the following statement: "Why water is a precious resource in southern Africa beyond 2015"

Submission guidelines are as follows:

1) All submitted photos must be a minimum size of 4 inches x 6 or an A4 sized paper for art

3) All submitted photos must be high resolution at a minimum of 300 dots per inch (DPI)

4) Each contestant can submit either a photography or art to the 2015 competition. All duplicate submissions will be removed.

5) Black and white photographs or pencil art as well as coloured photographs or art will be accepted.

7) All Visual contest winners will have their photographs displayed during key GWPSA/ SADC events.

8) Winners of the contest will agree to email the high-resolution version of their photograph for print production and exhibition.

                      

PARTICIPANTS TO TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING

Missing entries: No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received by the due date for whatever reason.

Copyright: Please note that by entering the competition, a participant assigns copyright of their photo/ essay to the organizers. Their names will always be acknowledged.

Plagiarism: Essays, stories, art or photos that have been shown elsewhere will not be accepted in this competition. Plagiarised entries will automatically be disqualified.

Entrant’s names and contact details:

 

Each entry should be accompanied by entrants’ copy of an ID document/ birth certificate as well as the full address including phone and e-mail address.

 

For more information contact

Emanoe Alfred-National Youth Focal Person

0767693755 or 0718523965