Monthly Archives: January 2014
Do you want to be the next Jeremy Paxman? Do you have your eye on Christiane Amanpour’s job? Does journalism excite you? Then have we got news for you!
Enter the Future News Competition for a chance to win a fully funded place on an international conference for aspiring young journalists, taking place right here in the UK, in the city of Glasgow.
All you have to do is show us your writing skills…..
Future News, a three-day event starting on 14 April 2014 (100 days before the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games starts!) will bring together 300 young people from 14 countries across the Commonwealth to:
- learn key reporting skills from established media and journalism professionals
- network with the best from the world of media and journalism, and with other aspiring journalists from across the UK and the Commonwealth
- have the opportunity to participate in news reporting of the Commonwealth games
- build up your writing portfolio to support your CV.
Your fully-funded place includes accommodation and subsistence. Future News 2014 takes place in Glasgow’s amazing Mitchell Library from 14-16 April 2014.
HOW DO I ENTER?
Are you 16-19?
Are you resident in the UK?
This means you are eligible to enter the competition.
Enter by writing and submitting an essay or a piece of reportage of no more than 500 words answering the question:
‘Who is your hero who inspires you to achieve?’
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY ENTRY?
All entrants need to be able to commit to a 3 day attendance at the full conference and be able to travel to Glasgow.
All entries should be submitted by email via: email@example.com
The subject of the email should state ‘Future News Competition Entry’
As part of entries each entrant should state in the email:
• Full Name
• Date of Birth
• Home Address
• Contact Telephone Number
• Email Address
Final competition entries should be submitted by Monday 10 February 2014, no later than 5pm.
Only one submission per applicant will be accepted and late entries will not be considered by judges. Future News is aimed at would-be journalists who have not yet entered higher or further education.
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL?
All successful entrants will be informed be email by no later than 21 February 2014.
For more information: Future News Competition
The BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition in partnership with the British Council. Now in its 24th year, the competition has some exciting additions!
There are two first prizes – the best radio play by a writer with English as their first language and the best by a writer with English as their second language. The overall winners will each receive £2000 sterling and a trip to London to see their play being recorded for broadcast on BBC World Service.
We are very happy to run this year’s competition in partnership with Commonwealth Writers again and to welcome our co-producers – The Open University. This has allowed us to introduce another prize – the Georgi Markov prize for the most promising script.
The playwriting competition welcomes scripts from anyone living outside the UK, whether established or new, and encourages writers to use the immense power and accessibility of the medium of radio drama – to tell your story, use your imagination and have your “voice” heard. Reading your plays – and hearing the winning plays on air – is a unique way of hearing what’s happening around the world.
Prize: £2000 for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a first language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broardcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
Prize: £2000 for the overall winning playwright of the best play written with English as a second language and a trip to London to see the play being recorded for broardcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving evening.
Marion Nancarrow, Executive Producer, BBC Radio Drama
Neil Webb, Director, Theatre and Dance, British Council
The competition is now open for entries and the closing date is midnight GMT on the 31st January 2014.
The United Nations Academic Impact invites essay entries from University Students for its Essay Contest 2014.Winners are to participate in a 5 day International Youth Forum in New York and present their work at the United Nations Headquarters on June 25-29, 2014
The essay should relate to ideas of global citizenship and understanding and to the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. The essay should reflect your academic, cultural, and national context.
- Full-time college or university students, 18 years of age or older, can participate in the contest.
- An authorized faculty member or university administrator must sponsor your participation in the contest by completing the form under the tab: Faculty/University Reference Form. The university representative must attest that you are a full time student and that you are going to submit an essay in an official language of the United Nations that is not your first language or language of instruction in your primary or secondary education.
- Once the reference has been received and confirmed, you will be sent an email with further instructions about how to enter the contest and upload your essay.
How to Enter
- Write your essay, according to the eligibility rules and guidelines.
- Show your essay to a Faculty Member or University Administrator who can attest to the fact that you have followed the contest rules. Have that Faculty Member or University Administrator complete the Reference Form in support of your participation in the contest.
- Once the Reference Form has been received and verified by Many Languages, One World, you will receive further information, and a link where you can complete your application and upload your essay to the contest website.
- Complete your application form. Be sure to include your national identity card number or passport number showing your name as it appears on your passport or official documents. Do not submit your photo.
- Upload your essay to the contest website.
- Step 1: A language specialist will read and score your essay according to a scoring rubric. After February 21 deadline all essays will be scored and the best essays will be passed to the next stage of the competition.
- Step 2: These Finalists will be invited to complete a personal interview regarding their essay. This interview will be conducted at a location in your city and you must submit your photo identification. You will be asked a series of questions and your answers will be videotaped. You must sign a waiver allowing the judges to use the videotape to select Finalists. If a local interview cannot be organized, you will be interviewed online using SKYPE.
- Step 3: The essays and video tapes will be reviewed by a panel of international judges based on the scoring of Step 1 and Step 2, which include written and spoken language proficiency and the originality and quality of thought in your essay and interview.
The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), in collaboration with ELS Educational Services, Inc., (ELS) invites students, 18 years of age or older, who are enrolled in a full-time course of study at a college or university, to participate in an essay contest on the theme “Many Languages, One World.”
The essay should relate to ideas of global citizenship and understanding and to the role that multilingual ability can play in fostering these. Entries of up to 2000 words in length must be in an official language of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s first language or language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education. The official languages of the United Nations are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Entries must be uploaded to the website ManyLanguagesOneWorld.ELS.edu by February 21, 2014. An institutional representative will have to attest that the entrant is a student of the institution, in good standing, and that the essay is in an official language of the United Nations that is not the entrant’s first language or language of instruction in his or her primary or secondary education and is the original, unaided work of the entrant.
A panel of judges will decide upon a total of sixty student winners of the competition—10 in each of the six languages. The winners will be invited to New York in 2014 to participate in a series of events between June 25 and June 29, 2014. These events will include a Global Youth Forum on the 10 principles of the United Nations Academic Impact, multilingualism and global citizenship at the United Nations Headquarters, preceded by a preparatory students’ conference. Sightseeing and recreation will also be arranged by ELS.
All winners will be given certificates of participation by ELS, signifying they have won the Student Essay Contest arranged in cooperation with the United Nations Academic Impact.
ELS will pay for roundtrip economy class fares in carriers of its choosing between the commercial airport nearest the winner’s home city and New York, and be responsible for the winner’s travel, room and meals from their arrival on June 25th until their departure on June 29th, 2014. No extensions of stay or early arrivals will be possible. Winners are responsible for all documentation relating to their journey, including passports and visas and the costs related to these, as well as appropriate medical insurance for their journey and stay in the United States.
It is your responsibility to obtain a passport and visa to enter the USA. You will be required to comply with the rules and regulations of participation in the event. Your e- ticket will only be issued to you after we receive copies of your passport and a signed copy of your acceptance of the terms and conditions of participation.
Essay Submission Deadline: February 21, 2014
For more information: ELS Website
For more than 100 years Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting has transformed the lives of
over 250 million girls and women across 145 countries. From today, the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting leadership experience will be freely available online to anyone over the age of 16.
i-Lead is our unique, experiential and interactive leadership course, provided through our award winning e-learning platform GLOW (Global learning online through WAGGGS).
The course takes participants through five progressively more challenging modules. Each module contains around seven 20 minute sessions which are self-directed and interactive and which can be done anytime, anywhere. Module 1, i-Discover, explores topics such as cross-cultural communication, emotional intelligence, leadership theory and motivation. Participants are invited to join discussion groups with other students on the course from around the world. Participants don’t have to be Girl Guides or Girl Scouts to take the course and they can sign up at any time.
i-Lead is part of The UPS Foundation and WAGGGS’ commitment to provide leadership opportunities to all. In a recent WAGGGS study among 600 young people worldwide, 70 per cent of respondents thought girls and women face more difficulties than boys and men in reaching positions of leadership where they live. 46 per cent believed that girls and young women are not rewarded in their study and work as equally as boys and young men in similar positions. At the same time, 85 per cent felt that Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting was where they had the most opportunities to learn and demonstrate leadership skills. WAGGGS wants to bring these leadership opportunities to more girls and young women using the latest technologies available.
i-Lead is split into five progressively more challenging modules. Each module contains seven 20 minute sessions which are self-directed and interactive and which can be done anytime, anywhere. You will learn about topics such as cross-cultural communication, emotional intelligence, leadership theory and motivation. Participants can join discussion groups with other students on the course from around the world. You do not have to be a Girl Guide or Girl Scout to take the course and you can sign up any time…
WAGGGS e-learning courses provide participants with:
- Extended opportunities with flexible access to learning
- International discussions around core topics
- Experiential learning with groups working together from around the world
- Trained e-facilitators and buddies to support learning and online work
- Interactive online materials
- Accessible offline materials
- A safe learning environment using technology tools and facilitators to protect users
Sign up for i-Lead in five easy steps…
- Visit http://glow.wagggs.org
- Register your details for the i-Lead course
- Complete each of the seven 20 minute sessions of Module 1: i-Discover, whenever and wherever you want
- Join in international discussions with other participants doing the course
- Receive your badge and move on to Module 2
Five reasons why you should do the i-Lead course
- i-Lead offers you free, flexible and open access to a unique and international leadership course available online.
- The course has five modules, which become increasingly in-depth and challenging and support you to progress along a leadership journey
- The course is written by experts in global leadership and has been extensively tested with girls and young women around the world
- The course is delivered in small and manageable self-directed sessions which are interactive and which you can do as and when you want
- You will gain different perspectives from around the world by joining discussion groups with other participants doing the course
How do you qualify to join the programme?
· You do not have to be a leader already, you may just be interested in developing your leadership skills
· You do not have to be a Girl Guide or Girl Scout
· You can be male or female
· You must speak English, French or Spanish
· You have to be 16 or over and have access to the internet
What you can expect at the end of the course?
· A greater understanding of leadership theory
· Practical leadership skills you can utilize in your personal and professional development
· A global perspective on leadership
· Access to a global network of other participants who have completed the course
if you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit: Global Learning Online for WAGGGS
Call for Applications: The 2014 MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program for African Graduate Students
The University of California, Berkeley has partnered with The MasterCard Foundation in a collaborative, global network of education institutions and non-profit organizations that believe education is a catalyst for social and economic advancement. The Program aims to benefit 15,000 young people over 10 years, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The future of Africa will be shaped by its young people, including those talented, yet economically disadvantaged students who face significant barriers to accessing quality education. To harness the potential impact of this generation, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program provides next-generation leaders who are committed to the social and economic transformation of their continent with access to quality education by delivering comprehensive financial, social, and academic support throughout their secondary and university education and supports their transition to further study or to the workforce.
To this end,Michigan State University International Studies and Programs is inviting applications from Sub-Saharan Africa graduate students for MasterCard Foundation Scholars program 2014. The main objective of the scholarship program is to ensure that young people are equipped with the skills and competencies needed to spur economic growth and social development in their respective countries of origin.
The scholarship is open to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree at an African university and are residents or citizens of an African country. Academically qualified, economically disadvantaged, young people in Africa who will contribute to the transformation of the continent are highly encouraged to apply for MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.
The five main eligibility criteria are:
- Being a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country – If you have refugee status, are stateless, or have other questions regarding your citizenship, you may still be eligible. Please contact us directly to clarify. This scholarship is not intended for citizens of North African countries.
- Excelling academically – All prospective Scholars must first be admitted to UC Berkeley to be considered for the Scholarship. An important criteria for admission to the University is demonstrated academic excellence.
- Coming from an economically disadvantaged background – We aim to admit those from the bottom two income quintiles per country. This Scholarship is designed for those extremely talented individuals who have no other means of acquiring the further education required to help realize their dreams and ambitions.
- Having demonstrated the will to give back to your community, country, or continent – We are looking for well-rounded students who are engaged in activities beyond the classroom. Some may be directly related to your field of study, but this may also include other issues (social, economic, political) that you are working on and passionate about. Applicants should elaborate on their achievements both in their application to UC Berkeley, and then later on the Scholarship application.
- Having expressed the desire and intention to return to your home country after completing your studies – We are looking for students who are engaged with and passionate about issues affecting their communities, and who will take advantage of their education at UC Berkeley to better equip themselves with the knowledge and training to address these issues upon return. While important work can be done from abroad, the intention of this Program is to enable Scholars to return home, after forming valuable professional connections through internship and job placement.
Deadline: February 3rd, 2014
For more information and application procedures: Visit UC Berkeley MasterCard Foundation Website
The Youth Bridge Foundation in collaboration with the European Youth Parliament invites young Africans to apply for The First Euro-Africa Youth Parliament (EAYP) will be held in Berlin, Germany from 27th March to 4th April 2014. This event is organized by the International Office of the EYP and the Youth Bridge Foundation (organizers of the annual African Youth and Governance Conference), Accra, Ghana. Over 100 young people from Africa and Europe will gather in the capital of Germany to discuss social, political and economic topics of global relevance and the future of Euro-African relations.
Discussions on the various conference topics will be led by committees that will be set up prior to the conference to conduct detailed research on their respective topics and present on them.
YBF is currently inviting interested Africans to apply for participation in the conference, either as committee chairs or committee members. Please click on links below to apply online or fill applications form and e-mail to email@example.com, indicating position applied for in the subject line.
Deadline for application is 20:00GMT on 23rd January 2014. Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.