Enter The 2013 Murtala Muhammed Foundation Essay Competition For Nigerian Students The Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) announces the Education for Change essay competition for university, polytechnic and secondary school students, a part of its Public Policy Dialogue aimed at increasing transparency, democracy, and accountability in the Nigerian government/economy. The essay competition is focused on promoting critical thinking, harnessing ideas and developing the talents of Nigerian youth.

Enter The 2013 Murtala Muhammed Foundation Essay Competition For Nigerian Students

Published on Sun, Jun 30 2013 by Web Master
 
The Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) announces the Education for Change essay competition for university, polytechnic and secondary school students, a part of its Public Policy Dialogue aimed at increasing transparency, democracy, and accountability in the Nigerian government/economy. The essay competition is focused on promoting critical thinking, harnessing ideas and developing the talents of Nigerian youth.
 
Competition Rules 
  • The competition is open to students from registered federal and state private universities and polytechnics in Nigeria.
  • The competition is open to students from registered public and private secondary schools in Nigeria.
  • All participants must be legal residents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  • Participants must be aged between 18-25 years for polytechnics and universities and between 12-17 years for secondary schools.
  • The essay submitted must not be more than 500 words. Failure to comply with the word count limit will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • All entries must be in the English language.
  • Entries must be based on one topic and should be submitted electronically. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
  • Relations and staff of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation are not eligible to enter.
  • Falsification of any detail in an entry will nullify it.
  • Participants' bio-data will be used by the foundation for publicity purposes.
  • The top five shortlisted participants will be invited for an interview and the top three will be awarded prizes.
  • All entries must be properly referenced, as plagiarism will not be permitted. Note that information from Wikipedia is not allowed as forms of reference in entries. The research much reflects appropriate and relevant peer-reviewed journals and legitimate websites.
Judging
 
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
 
1. Content: How convincing are the main points and conclusion of the essay?
 
2. Organization: How logical is the flow of thoughts?
 
3. Relevance: Relationship between the essay and the topic?
 
4. Critical thinking: Ability to think creatively.
 
5. Grammar: Spelling and punctuation.
 
6. Reference: Ability to provide proper referencing from reliable sources.
 
7. Word Count: Adherence to the 500-word limit stipulated.
 
How To Apply
 
Entries should be sent to info@mmfng.org with these details: full name, age, gender, email address, phone number, school/institution, state of residence and state of origin. The deadline for submission of entries is August 16, 2013. Selected participants will be contacted.
 
University & Polytechnic Essay Topics
 
1. Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.
 
2. Nelson Mandela.
 
Prizes For Winning University & Polytechnic Essays
  • First Prize: 150,000 naira
  • Second Prize: 100,000 naira
  • Third Prize: 75,000 naira
 
Secondary School Essay Topics
 
1. Education is that which remains when one has forgotten everything he learned in school,
 
2. Albert Einstein.
 
Prizes For Winning Secondary School Essays
  • First Prize: 100,000 naira
  • Second Prize: 75,000 naira
  • Third Prize: 50,000 naira
 
All the very best!
 
 

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