World Bank and Financial Times - Blog Writing Competition 2022

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Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the fourth annual global blog writing competition, co-sponsored by the World Bank Group and the Financial Times. 

About the Competition

World Bank and Financial Times are looking for your most inventive ideas, high-quality writing, and innovative solutions that would strengthen education going forward.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed education for students and teachers everywhere.  Almost all schools had to close for months.  And ready or not, students – along with teachers and families – discovered that education was suddenly possible only through remote learning.

In many places schools have moved to reopen, sometimes through a combination of face-to-face classes and learning from home.  Everyone is now at some stage of getting back to normal – even if it’s a completely “new” normal.

They want to hear from you!

You can do so by telling them:

What insights from your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic do you think would improve education and learning? What should educators and policymakers do differently, including by leveraging technology and changing teaching methods?


  • Participants must be enrolled in high school or a version of secondary education and should be between the ages of 15-19 years at the time of submission.
  • Entries can be submitted in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
  • The winning entries will be published in English.

Judging Criteria

  • Entries will be judged by a high-level panel comprised of senior officials at the World Bank, the Financial Times, and select partners. The full names of the judges can be made available on request.
  • Judging will take place during March 2022 and winners will be contacted and announced around April 2022 on the World Bank blog and Financial Times website, unless a winner objects to publication of their name at the time of entry.
  • Entries will be judged against originality, creativity, writing quality, and solutions presented. The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners will be contacted via the contact information provided with their submission.

Awards & Recognition

The winning entry will be published in the Financial Times (at its sole discretion) and the World Bank blog. Based on restrictions during the pandemic, the World Bank will also find additional, virtual ways to honor the winner during 2022.

Submission Process

Apply through  this link.

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.

Submission Deadline

Jan 31, 2022





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