TBS/UNEP Essay competition on the impact of substandards products to environment


Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has a great pleasure to announce Essay competition on impact of sub-standard products to the environment. The competition is open to all Primary and Secondary students pursuing their studies in Tanzania.


The world is facing numerous environmental challenges, ranging from environmental degradation, climate change and trans-boundary pollution, many of which are driven by increasing population and consumption patterns, and poverty, particularly in developing countries.

The UN Sustainable Development Summit which took place on 25-27 September 2015 in New York, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, ght inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. The SDG 12, on responsible consumption and production, requires a systemic approach and cooperation among actors operating in the supply chain, from producer to nal consumer. It involves engaging consumers through awareness-raising and education on sustainable consumption and lifestyles, providing consumers with adequate information through standards and labels and engaging in sustainable public procurement, among other processes. The objective is to enhance industries, businesses, consumers and other actors to recycle and reduce waste, and help conserving the environment.


Through this essay competition, children and youth will have the opportunity to analytically consider how their lifestyle choices can a ect the planet and to empower them with information that as young people they have a role to play in realizing the sustainable consumption and production goal (SDG goal number 12). It also aims to inspire and in uence concrete behavioral changes needed to address the issue of environmental degradation caused by unsustainable consumption and use of sub-standard goods and products.

The essay wants to promote the use of standardized (Quality) products in order to conserve the environment.

Competition details
  • Eligibility: Primary and Secondary school students aged between 12 and 24 (As of October 12)
  • Categories: This Essay competition has got two (2) categories, therefore assessment of essay and awarding of the prize will be categorized into two parties, that is, for Primary school students and for secondary school students.

- The use of sub-standard products and their impacts on environment. 
In Kiswahili, “Matumizi ya bidhaa ha fu na madhara yake katika mazingira.”

Competition Rules and Guidelines

- No entry fee is required.
- All entries must be original works, in English or Kiswahili.
- Plagiarism and o topic submissions will result in disquali cation.
- The paper should not have been previously published in professional media.
- The paper must be between 1000 to 1200 words in length.
- Graphics within the text are encouraged and can signi ficantly add to the overall content and appeal of a paper.
- Paper shall be formatted in double spaced and presented in century gothic font, size 12.
- Contact of authors: Author should provide postal, physical, telephone and email address on the rst page of the essay together with title and author information. Also kindly attach copy of identity card or letter of identi cation from your school.
- Information on the author: Authors may use up to 50 words to describe themselves. Information should include their names, classes/course and year of study, name town and region in which their schools is located (Note: This will not be part of 1000 – 1 200 words)
- Only one essay/ paper must be submitted for each participant 
- At the discretion of the judges, all well written essays may be published on the TBS Website and newspapers.


Paper shall be submitted in English/Swahili in an electronic (preferable Microsoft word) via email [email protected] or hard copy to Tanzania bureau of standards/or UNIC not later than S eptember 27th, 2016 (midnight, 23:59 GM T )

For more information contact
Director General
Tanzania Bur eau of S tandards
P. O Box 9524
Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255 22 2450 206, +255 22 24505955