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New Essay Competition Challenges Global Shapers to Tackle Youth Unemployment

Maxwell Hall, Senior Media Manager, Tel.: +41 (0)79 329 3500, E-mail: maxwell.hall@weforum.org

  • Worldwide essay competition taps into talent of young people to tackle youth unemployment
  • More than 1.2 billion young people to enter labour market in the next 10 years; only 300 million jobs await
  • Global Shapers are extraordinary individuals from around the world aged between 20 and 30
  • For more information, visit: http://www.weforum.org/community/global-shapers

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 24 January 2012 – A new worldwide essay competition will tap into the ideas and energy of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers Community in order to tackle the growing youth unemployment crisis.

The Global Shapers, a worldwide network of people aged between 20 and 30 who have demonstrated huge potential for future leadership, will present their ideas through The Youth Jobs Innovation Challenge.

They will answer the question: “What can I and the global community do to create jobs for my generation?”

More than 1.2 billion young people will enter the labour market in the next 10 years with only 300 million jobs awaiting them. Creating opportunities for them is critical in reducing poverty, promoting social cohesion and ensuring sustainable economic growth.

The idea of an essay competition is the result of a partnership between the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Economic Forum. Both organizations believe it is necessary to engage young people in a meaningful way and capture their ideas to shape the global agenda.

“Young leaders in particular have the creativity and the insight to pursue innovative solutions. They have the drive, the daring and the determination to seek positive change,” said Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. “They also have the energy, the vigour and the persistence necessary to make these changes happen.”

“Part of our promise to Global Shapers is to serve as a platform to share their ideas with today’s leaders, who are hungry for new perspectives and innovative solutions,” said David Aikman, Head of the Global Shapers Community. “Unemployment is one of the toughest challenges facing young people today – in some countries, youth unemployment rates are double or even triple the already high national rates. We hope this competition will yield bold and actionable ideas that the Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment and World Economic Forum Members and Partners can help this generation put into practice.”

The Youth Jobs Innovation Challenge fits into the theme of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012: The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models. One of the four pillars of the Meeting is to bring new models and bold ideas to the world stage on the issues of growth and employment.

“At IFC, we recognize the key role that the private sector can play in creating a long-term solution. This is why I and my colleagues on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment believe the private sector is the crucial link to any successful plan to align the skills of young people with the demands of the labour market,” said Lars Thunell, Executive Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of the IFC. “We believe that the public and private sector can work together to develop innovative partnerships and business models, and mentorship and traineeship programmes between various stakeholders.”

The competition will run until 20 February 2012. The author of the best essay will receive US$ 10,000 and the second and third place winners will be awarded US$ 5,000 and US$ 2,500, respectively. They will be announced at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in April 2012. Winners will also present their ideas at the Summit on the Global Agenda in November 2012.

Members of the Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment, IFC staff and internationally recognized experts from the private sector, government and academia will serve as judges.

For more information, contact the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment by writing to Council Manager Tanya Milberg at tanya.milberg@weforum.org.

Notes to Editors

Visit the Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment 2011
See a video on creating jobs for young people on the Forum Blog
Follow the Global Shapers on Twitter at @globalshapers
Become a fan of the Global Shapers on Facebook
For more information about the Global Shapers Community, visit: www.weforum.org/globalshapers andhttp://youtu.be/shaAiy2S3fk
See the YouTube playlist of Global Shapers going to the Annual Meeting
Read the Forum Blog at http://wef.ch/blog
Upcoming Forum events at http://wef.ch/events
Subscribe to Forum news releases at http://wef.ch/news
For updates on the activities of the World Economic Forum, subscribe to RSS feed

Official Website

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Emerging Leaders Competition (International Essay Competition)

About Project Firefly

Are you a thought leader in the making? Do you have fresh insights about contemporary business, economic, political or international affairs? Do you want to interact with other bright, nascent thought leaders? Would you like to benefit from a merit-based vehicle that distinguishes you from millions of other university students and graduates?

Project Firefly stands for equality of opportunity, collaboration and openness for bright and inspired minds to provide fresh, meaningful perspectives on the problems of today and tomorrow. It provides a platform to foster thought leadership among university students and recent graduates, encourage dialogue and create an opportunity to network with each other, academics and the corporate world.

Project Firefly empowers ambitious, qualified persons to establish their own profile worldwide, purely based on the merit of their thoughts about tomorrow’s world. Project Firefly will expand this community and increase meaningful opportunities for advancement by tomorrow’s leaders.

Emerging Leaders Competition

The Emerging Leaders Competition is Project Firefly’s first competition and is sponsored by Credit Suisse. This marks the launch of the Project Firefly concept, and a unique way to develop your network and to distinguish yourself. Winning the Emerging Leaders Competition will also give you the chance to be part of the premier Credit Suisse thought leadership conference in Hong Kong in March 2012.

Project Firefly enables emerging thought leaders from around the world to share their insights about contemporary challenges with Professors, sponsors and established thinkers. It is also an opportunity to grow your network internationally. The Emerging Leaders Competition aims to reach university students and graduates within five years of graduation. Essay submissions should consist of 800 -1500 words. There are four topics to choose from. You can submit one essay from your chosen topic. If you would like to submit essays on more than one topic, you can submit up to one essay per topic.

Essays will be reviewed by an established scholar. Reviewers will not know any features about your background, including your education.  All that matters is the quality of the ideas expressed. The winners will be travelling to Hong Kong in March. If you don’t win the competition there is still an opportunity your essay will be published on the Project Firefly website in March.

Published papers will be accessible to all visitors of the Project Firefly website. Other participants in the Project Firefly community will be able to comment and to express further thoughts on each paper. Moreover you will be providing Credit Suisse with exclusive access to your skills and competencies. The door to employment and development might then be opened to you.
Topics

http://www.project-firefly.com/topics

 

Prizes

POSITION
NUMBER
PRIZE DESCRIPTION
CASH PRIZE
Winner 1 Be a part of a leading Credit Suisse thought leadership conference in Hong Kong in March 2012. CHF 3500
Second Place 1 Be a part of a leading Credit Suisse thought leadership conference in Hong Kong in March 2012. CHF 2500
Third Place 1 Be a part of a leading Credit Suisse thought leadership conference in Hong Kong in March 2012. CHF 1500
Honourable Mention 10 Cash prize CHF 250

www.creditsuisse.com/aic

Review Process
What happens once you submit your essay?

All submissions will go through a quality control process culminating in a review by a member of the Academic Review Board. The Academic Review Board consists of highly reputable academics. They have been carefully selected from top universities and institutions. Essays will be judged and published solely on merit.

 When submitting your essay please remember:

  • Do NOT put your name on the actual essay document (this includes headers and footers)
  • Do put the number of words of your essay at the top of the essay
  • Do provide a full bibliography (this does not form part of the word limit for an essay)
  • We would always recommend that each competition entrant completes the full profile. This will not influence the outcome of the review process.

 Quality Control

All essays will be checked for quality before being reviewed by members of the Academic Review Board, e.g. word count and plagiarism. Each essay will be subjected to plagiarism checks. Whether essays with high levels of referenced information contain enough value to be considered admissible for the competition will be at the sole discretion of the Academic Review Board.

 Review Process

Each essay that successfully passes plagiarism and general basic quality checks will then be submitted to a Professor for review. Essays will be reviewed on a “double blind” process. That means the academic reviewer will not know the academic qualification or any other feature about an entrant’s background. Project Firefly will not inform you which member of the Academic Review Board will review your essay. All that matters is the quality of the ideas expressed. The Academic Review Board’s decision will be final.

 How will Project Firefly communicate with me?

Project Firefly will confirm receipt of your essay by e-mail within 72 hours of submission. Following the closure of the competition, a further email will be sent in February confirming if your essay has won the competition and/or if your essay will be published.

 What happens after the contest?

Published essays will be on the website and fully viewable to any visitors to the website. You will be recognised as the author of the essay. Credit Suisse Group AG and/or its affiliates may be interested in co-publishing your essay. They may also be interested in discussing your potential career development.

 

Rules

  • The purpose of the Emerging Leaders Competition is to recognize outstanding essay contributions from individual students and alumni. Each entrant can write a maximum of one essay per question. Each question is detailed on the website.
  • The Deadline for essay submission is February 19th at 23:59 of the last time zone.
  • None of the essays submitted will be published on the Project Firefly website until after the competition has closed.
        Essay Format:

    • The essay should not be less than 800 or more than 1500 words (excluding bibliography).

    Please state the exact word count at the top of the essay.

    • Your name must NOT be stated on the essay.

    • Accepted formats: doc, pdf, docx.

  • All competition entrants are required to follow the registration and the essay submission process on the website.
  • To be considered for a prize, the competition entrant must be either a university student (full or part time, studying for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a Doctoral’s Degree) or an alumni graduate with a University Degree – Bachelor, Master or Doctorate – who graduated within the last 5 years (as at December 31 2011).
  • The competition entrant must fully reference all sources used. Whether essays with high levels of referenced information contain enough value to be considered admissible for the competition will be at the discretion of the Academic Review Board. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.
  • Essay submissions are evaluated for publication by the Academic Review Board. Only those essays that will be published by Project Firefly, and therefore passed the associated quality controls, will be eligible for participation in the Competition.
  • Finalists will be selected by the Academic Review Board from the eligible submissions. Once a ranking is in place a telephone call may be arranged with the potential winners to verify any pertinent facts. The Academic Review Board’s decision will be final. Each participant will be informed of the result by E-mail. General competition details can be found on the Project Firefly website, there will be no further communication regarding the final selection process.
  • A competition entrant’s proof of study or graduation will be based solely on their attestation confirming enrolment or graduation from a place of study. Submissions without attestation will not be accepted. An electronic copy of an entrant’s university matriculation/graduation certificate may be requested for the competition prize winners
  • All submissions must be made in English.
  • To win one of the top 3 prizes, competition entrants must be able to attend the Credit Suisse Group AG and/or its affiliates Asian Investment Conference (AIC) in Hong Kong between March 19 -23 2012.
  • Competition entrants must be able to travel to the AIC using an agreed travel mode and plan with Project Firefly (i.e. Project Firefly must be able to book the appropriate parts of the journey).
  • Competition entrants must have a valid passport and, if required, visa applications must be made by the competition entrant at their own risk. As a guide for Hong Kong visa requirements please see this link. http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm. Project Firefly bears no responsibility to the current accuracy of this list.
  • If the entrant is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placed prize winner and cannot attend the AIC, then they must inform Project Firefly within 5 working days of the “notification of success” e-mail being sent. If a 1st, 2nd or 3rd placed prize winner cannot attend the AIC, they will surrender their prize and automatically be moved to the prize pool of ‘Honourable Mentions’. In those circumstances, the entrant judged to have written the top essay within the prize pool of ‘Honourable Mentions’ will move to the lowest position available within the top three prize ranking.
  • Credit Suisse Group AG and/or its affiliates will have essay co-publishing rights for all essays submitted to Project Firefly for the Emerging Leaders Competition. Ownership of the essays, ideas, innovations, etc shall remain the property of the inventing party. Project Firefly reserves the right to publish essays.
  • As part of the competition Credit Suisse Group AG and/or its affiliates will be able to select data from the entrant registration data received. This may mean that Credit Suisse will contact you directly. Competition entrant’s data will be used solely for the purpose of career development activities. For more information on your data please see the terms and conditions section of this website.

Deadlines

Deadline for essay submission will be by February 19th at 23:59 of the last time zone.

All prize award decisions will be made in February 2012.

Competition entrants must be able to attend the Asian Investment Conference (AIC) in Hong Kong between 19th and 23rd March 2012.

 

Terms & Conditions click here http://www.project-firefly.com/terms-and-conditions

 

Enter Now:

http://www.project-firefly.com/contest/login

 

Official Website

http://www.project-firefly.com/about

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National Orientation Agency – National Youth Essay Competition, 2011.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

 RULES FOR CONTESTANTS

TOPIC:

“Strategies for Taking the Benefits of Oil Subsidy to the Highest Number of Nigerians”


Eligibility

This contest is open to all Nigerian youths below the age of 30. The aim Is to reawaken in the Nigerian youth the core value of patriotism and avail them the opportunity of participating in poIicy decision making process,


Instructions

Entries must conform to the rules outlined below:

1.  The entry must be an original, researched work on the above topic, showing clarity of thought and innovation, while providing practical suggestions and directions for implementation.

2. The essay must have four parts:

(a) Title Page

(b) Body of work

(e) Bibliography

(d) Contestant’s biography

3.The title page, bibliography and contestant’s biography must be listed on separate pages and no reference to the contestant’s name or information should be part of the body of work.

4. Using a font size of 12 – 14, entries must be double spaced.

5.The contestant’s biography must include the contestant’s name, address, telephone number and email address (where available).

6.The essay, which must have a minimum of 800 words, must not exceed 1,000 words (excluding the title page and biography).

7.Entries will be judged based on the following:

I.          Accuracy of Information

ii.         Clarity of thought

iii.        Organization / proven topic

Iv.        Grammar and spelling

v.         Documentation

 

Submission of Entries

1.Entry closes at 4:00 pm on Friday, December 9, 2011

2.All entries must be submitted online to ANY of the Agency’s email addresses listed beIow or submitted by hand to the Office ofthe Director Planning, Research & Statistics, (PRS) Room 343, National Orientation Agency Headquarters, Block ‘B’ Old Federal Secretariat Complex, Area I, Garki – Abuja:’

admin@noanigeria.com

mail@noanigeria.com

abujanoa@yahoo.com

(Please forward a copy each of your submission to all of the above listed email addresses to guarantee receipt)

 

Submission on this website

You can also submit a copy of your essay here (http://www.noanigeria.com/essay-competition.html). At the top left of this page, just below the headline banner, you will see an Essay submission box. Click on browse to locate your document and when you are done, click on upload to submit the document. You will receive a confirmation message on top of this page to know if your upload was successful or not.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT ACCEPTABLE UPLOAD FORMATS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE .DOC, .DOCX AND .PDF. IF YOU ENCOUNTER ANY PROBLEMS SUBMITTING HERE, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR DOCUMENTS TO THE EMAIL ADDRESSES LISTED ABOVE*

3.Essays that do not conform to the rules shall be disqualified.

Awards

The following prizes are to be won:

First Prize

A laptop Computer, N5OO,OOO cash and Certificate of Participation.

Second Prize

A laptop Computer, N25O,OOO cash and Certificate of Participation.

Third Prize

A laptop Computer, N15O,OOO cash and Certificate of Participation.

Ten (10) ConsoIation Prizes

N50,000 each and Certificate of Participation

For further enquiries, call 08037871614 or 08086191122

 

SIGNED

ALH. IDI M. FAROUK, MFR.
Director General

Competition official Website: 

http://www.noanigeria.com/essay-competition.html

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