Essay competition – what’s your big idea for girls in Africa?

Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA – What are the ways in which African leaders can harness the power of girls in Africa? How can we use this power to transform Africa’s future? The ONE Campaign wants to hear your ideas.

The anti-poverty organisation is inviting young Africans to submit a 500-word essay answering the question, “What one big idea should African leaders implement that will harness the power of the continent’s girls to transform all our futures?The essay competition is part of the organisation’s efforts to call on African leaders to invest in the continent’s youth, particularly girls, to achieve a demographic dividend.

51 million girls in Africa didn’t go to school, or walked long distances in dangerous conditions to get there, or sit in a classroom without a teacher or textbooks. Without investments for girls left out of school, Africa will not achieve its full potential.

The winner will join ONE at the African Union Summit in January 2018 to encourage African leaders to adopt strategic recommendation under the AU’s theme, “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in Youth”.

Competition rules
  • The competition is open to African youth aged between 18 and 35.
  • Entries should not exceed 500 words and must be submitted by November 17, 2017. No submission fees apply.
  • The winner(s) will be notified by e-mail and will be chosen at the sole and absolute discretion of ONE.
How to Enter

Entries are made by completing an online form available here.

You can get more information on the ONE website.