Essay About United Nations Day 2017

I have a message for my parents, teachers and all those involved in education programmes in South Sudan.

As a girl, I am very much concerned about girls’ education in this country.

This was the bold opening of an editorial written by 15-year-old Mary Laku, from Juba Nabari Primary School which has been published in newspapers across the capital.

Mary read her paper on the importance of education for girls to a room full of students at St. Daniel Comboni Secondary School at an event marking World Children’s Day and the conclusion of an essay writing competition about the work of the UN in the conflict-afflicted country.

“Like other girls, I run the risk of being married off too young and then having to stop my education. Please let us stop early and forced marriage and instead focus on education. We are still children and are not ready for marriage. Please let children be children,” reads Mary. 

Mary who wants to be a doctor said that she wanted her message to focus on education because “education is the key to a brighter future”.

The event at St. Daniel Comboni School marked the conclusion of an essay writing competition for 10 secondary schools in Juba on the topic “Does the UN make an impact in your community?’ organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Association in South Sudan (UNASS).

 “We decided to hold this essay writing competition for World Children’s Day to celebrate children and help them fulfil their potential,” said Geetha Pious, UNMISS Head of Field Office in Juba.

Each of the ten schools was represented by 20 students.

Following an assessment by five panelists, Juba Day Secondary School came in third place, Juba Commercial Secondary School in second place and St. Daniel Comboni Secondary School emerged as the winners of the writing competition held in memory of Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations.

 “I am excited that our school is the host of today’s event and that we are the winners. It gives me great pride,” said 18-year-old, John Jada, Head Boy at St. Daniel Comboni.

“We did our research on the work of the United Nations in South Sudan and we worked as a team. When we did not know a word we asked our teachers or checked the dictionary,” he said.

Among other elements, the winning essay described the UN mission’s support to the peace process, efforts to protect civilians seeking sanctuary in protection sites next to UN bases, construction of roads and bridges in the country as well as patrols by UN peacekeepers in Juba and other parts of the country.

“In Juba, people are still being robbed and killed but there has been a big improvement since the UN peacekeepers started doing patrols,” said John Jada.

Speaking at the event, the Jubek State Minister of Health, Dr Francis Ladu, urged the students to continue studying hard.

“If you do not have knowledge, you cannot progress. You are the future leaders. Without education you, cannot lead the country,” said Dr Francis Ladu. 

United Nations World Children’s Day was established in 1954 to promote and celebrate children's rights and improve children’s welfare worldwide. This year, the day was marked under the theme #KidsTakeOver encouraging young people to take over roles in politics, media and business to raise awareness of the challenges they face as a generation.

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3 Categories: Artwork, Essay, Website

3 Prizes per Category: $2000, $1000, $500

3 Chances to Win!



Deadline: OCTOBER 13, 2017 - 5pm



How to Enter:

To enter, please complete a copy of the Entry Form for each submission. This contest is only open to UMSL students, and the entry form will require you to log in using your UMSL Google Apps credentials. Please refer to this page for more information on Google Apps at UMSL.

You may submit one entry per contest category.

Please note the different labeling and formatting requirements for submissions in each category explained below and in the entry form. 



Judging:

Entries in each category will be judged according to the criteria listed below.


Artwork entries:

Purpose: Entries in the artwork competition should draw attention to and promote the celebration of United Nations Day as a world holiday.

Criteria: Artwork will be judged on the following:

  • Medium - Including but not limited to posters, photography, bumper stickers, collages, graphic designs, paintings, statues, et cetera
  • Creativity - Content and design
  • Attention to detail - Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Each work must include the words “United Nations Day,” “October 24,” and “Annual World Holiday.”
  • With the exception of the United Nations emblem and flag, all designs must be original; no use of service marked or trademarked design elements can be included.

Submission: Please complete a copy of the entry form for all submissions.

Please bring your original artwork to 304 SSB by the contest deadline. All artwork submissions must be physical prints or objects unless the work can only exist digitally. For printing services, please contact the UMSL Print Shop, Art Department, or the print shop of your choice.

Please note that the office is only open 9-5, M-F.

Please label your original artwork only with a title. Enter the title and a short description (100 words or less) of your work in the appropriate field on the entry form. The description is only for purposes of identification and will not be judged as a component of your work.


Essay entries:

Purpose: Entries in the essay competition should draw attention to the UN, its history, its mission, and its role in the world.

Criteria: Essays will be judged on the following:

  • Content - What is United Nations Day? Why is it important to observe United Nations Day? How does observing United Nations Day benefit the world? What can you do to increase awareness of United Nations Day?
  • Style - Well-written, well-documented, well-conceived
  • Attention to detail - Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • 1000 word maximum length

 Submission: Please complete a copy of the entry form for all submissions.

Please upload your essay as a PDF using the entry form.

All essay submissions must include a cover page with the following information:

Essay Title
Name
UMSL Email
UMSL Student ID #

Do not include any identifying information on any pages of your entry except for the cover page.


Website Design entries: 

Purpose: Entries in the website design competition should inform and educate the audience about United Nations Day.

Criteria: Websites will be judged on the following:

  • Content – How does the website raise awareness about UN Day? Why is it important to celebrate UN Day?
  • Style – This includes design and functionality. With the exception of the United Nations emblem and flag, all designs must be original; no use of service marked or trademarked design elements can be included.
  • Attention to detail - Is the content accurate? Is the site free of spelling and grammatical errors? Are sources adequately cited?
  • Cross-platform operability – Your site should be accessible by multiple browsers, operating systems, and devices.

Submission: Please complete a copy of the entry form for all submissions.

Please enter the URL of your website in the appropriate field on the entry form. Your website can be hosted anywhere, but it cannot be modified after submission.

Do not include any personally identifying information on your website entry.



Other Information:

Each category must have a minimum of three submissions for judging to proceed. Once the minimum number of submissions is received, each category will be judged by a separate panel of at least three judges. If fewer than three submissions are received for any category, the judges for that category may award prizes to any entries deemed worthy of recognition.

The winners will be announced to all entrants via email and social media after judging for all categories has been completed. 

You will need to fill out a separate entry form for each submission, one for each category.

For further information on this contest, please contact the contest coordinator:

Matt Lockaby
304 SSB
314-516-7195

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