This is to inform the public about The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secondary School Essay Competition 2023 for students from SADC Member States. Details about the Competition are given below.
About SADC Secondary School Essay Competition 2023
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a Regional Economic Community comprising 16 Member States, namely; Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Established in 1992, SADC is committed to Regional Integration and poverty eradication within Southern Africa through economic development and ensuring peace and security.
In 2022, SADC commemorated 42nd Anniversary of its journey from 1st April, 1980 when its forerunner the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC) was officially formed, in Lusaka, Zambia and later transformed to SADC on 17th August 1992 in Windhoek, Namibia.
Since its inception, SADC has demonstrated unwavering commitment to peace, stability and security in the region through adoption of a number of instruments aimed at ensuring peace and stability, as a precondition for socio-economic development.
The topic for the 2023 SADC Secondary School Essay competition is; “How can SADC promote Industrialisation for inclusive, resilient and sustainable economic growth?”.
The topic is derived from the theme of the 42nd Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government held by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa on 17th August 2022, which is; “Promoting industrialisation through, agro-processing, mineral beneficiation, and regional value chains for inclusive and resilient economic growth”.
The Summit theme seeks to accelerate the implementation of the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020–2030, in particular, the Industrialisation and Market Integration pillar.
SADC Secondary School Essay Competition Eligibility
All secondary school going students from all 16 Southern
African Development Community (SADC) Member States are
welcome to participate in the Competition.
Winner and Prize
The winning entry will receive a once off prize money which will cover the outright payment of the Intellectual Property Rights of the essay. The monetary prize will be accompanied by a certificate signed by the SADC Chairperson.
The prizes at regional level are as follows;
1st prize = USD1500
2rd Prize = USD1000
3rd Prize = USD750
the top 10 winners will all receive certificates signed by the SADC Chairperson. The top three (3) winners travel to the Member States hosting the SADC Summit to receive their prizes during the official opening ceremony.
The prizes at national level are as follows;
1st prize = USD500
2rd Prize = USD300
3rd Prize = USD200
the top 3 winners will all receive certificates signed by the Minister of Education and the SADC Executive Secretary.
The Secretariat reserves the right to use the essay as and when
required, and the writer reserves the right to share/ distribute the essay outside the SADC Secretariat sphere without consequences, but will not distort the original content and
meaning of the piece.
The writer will not claim any future additional royalties or fees for the piece for future use by the Secretariat. The winning entry will remain the property of the SADC Secretariat.
How to Apply for the SADC Secondary School Essay Competition
For those interested in applying for the SADC Secondary School Essay Competition, open this link for details about the application process.
- The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 May 2023.
Open this link for more details about the SADC Secondary School Essay Competition.