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World Bank and Financial Times’ Blog Writing Competition

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Applications are open for the World Bank and Financial Times’ Blog Writing Competition. Are you 16 to 19 years old? Are you currently enrolled in a high school or secondary school? Has COVID-19 affected your learning or the education of a friend or family member? If yes, then take part in the World Bank Group and the Financial Times’ third joint global blog/essay writing competition.

Blog Writing Competition: How Can We Help Every Child Learn, Everywhere?

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives in every country around the world. And this health crisis is creating another crisis – an education crisis. The World Bank estimates that an additional 72 million primary school-age children will fall into learning poverty, due to extended school closures caused by the pandemic. Learning poverty is when a child cannot read and understand a simple text by the age of 10


The winning entry will be published in the Financial Times (at its sole discretion) and the World Bank Group blog. Based on restrictions during the pandemic the World Bank Group will also find additional, virtual ways to honor the winner in April 2021.


Submissions should include

  • A strong blog or essay, that is no longer than 500 words.
  • Your name, age, school, email, and country you live in.
  • Photos, videos, visualizations that help support your story, are optional.

For more information on entering the competition and to submit your entry, click here.


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline15 February,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerWorld Bank



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