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TCI Department of Youth Affairs invites students 10 to 18 years old to enter Covid-19 Essay Competition

Turks and Caicos – December 10, 2020 – The Department of Youth Affairs within the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services is continuing to support the development of Youth by presenting an Essay competition. 

According to the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than 91% of students worldwide, with approximately 1.6 billion children and youngsters unable to attend physical schools due to temporary closures and lockdowns.


Many families and individuals are facing crisis of unemployment, salary reductions and shortage of funds to provide their basic needs. Through this competition, we are able to shine a light on our Youth and the individual impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on them while easing a bit of financial strain for 9 individuals between the ages of 10- 24.

Essay Theme

How has Coronavirus affected education worldwide and discuss how school closures led to a new study solutions. 

How does it work?

·         Interested individuals should identify their category and its instruction, read carefully as each category is slightly different.

·         Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.

·         Essays must be in the word limit in English, excluding essay title and cover page. Essays may be typed or printed.

·         Cover Page must include full name, the island of residence, school name, date of birth, and a contact number when submitting their essay. Individuals who fail to meet the stated requirements will NOT be chosen.

·         Proper essay writing etiquette is advised!


·         Children Ages 10-12 (No less than 250) 

·         Youth Ages 13- 17 (No less than 500) 

·         Young Adults Ages 18 – 24 (No less than 1000) 

Where to submit & Deadline?

·         All essays must be submitted to on or before January 4, 2021


·         Tablets, one-month free internet, minutes voucher, gas voucher 

·         The top essay per category will be published in the local newspapers and on our Facebook page and website.

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