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Call for submissions

SADC Secretariat is calling for submissions of essay entries from active tertiary institution going learners. The wordings of the think piece and content should aim at promoting the role played by the Founders of SADC taking into account the prevailing peace and security which contributes to the SADC’s Objectives and Common Agenda


All active tertiary institution-going learners from all 16 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States are welcome to participate in the competition.


The topic of the competition is “What in your opinion has SADC achieved since its formation; and does it reflect the vision of its founders?”


Essays are coordinated by the Ministries of Education in all respective SADC Member States. It is the responsibility of Government officials in SADC Member States to submit the top 3 essays to SADC Secretariat for adjudication at regional level.

NOTE: The Secretariat will not accept entries from individuals and as such those entries will be disregarded and disqualified.

The essay should be 4000 words. The deadline for submission of entries to Ministries of Education in respective SADC Member States is 29th February 2024. The deadline for submission of entries to the Secretariat by Ministries of Education is 31st March 2024.

All entries should be typed and submitted in both hard copies and electronic version in Microsoft Word document format. Entrants should sign and initial each page of the hard copy document to make sure that they have not been altered. All essays entering the competition should be in one of the SADC working languages, i.e. English, Portuguese and/or French.

All submissions must be accompanied by a SADC Tertiary Institution Essay Competition Entry Form which should contain full contact details of the entrant, including, passport-sized photograph, physical address, telephone, copy of national Identification card, copy of valid Student National Identification Card, fax number and email address; and contact details of the entrant.

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