Deadline for the Youth Essay Writing Competition Against Racism has been extended 

Young people, who are between the ages of 15-21, who may have missed the deadline to submit their entries into the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s Annual Youth Essay Writing Competition Against will now have until 28 August 2020 to do so express their interest.

The closing date for the essay writing competition comes after several requests from young people who have asked for a final extension. The original deadline was set for Friday, 31 July 2020.

Following the launch, which took place during an online rally on Youth Day this year, the competition has garnered the interest of young people from across the country, providing them with a platform to express their voices on the scourge of racism.

Anti-Racism Manager at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Busisiwe Nkosi said that it was no surprise that this year, the competition was received just as well by young people. “Racism affects everyone and it is through such platforms that we are able to listen and hear how it actually affects young people. For us, these are not just essays. The entries we receive have allowed us to get a glimpse into some of the encounters that youth too, have come across. Some of them continue to endure uncomfortable encounters with racism at schools, on playgrounds, shopping malls, social gatherings or even at home.”

“The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation is convinced that more youth voices would like to be heard, judging by the number of requests for an extension we have received”, Nkosi said.

Nkosi added that since the competition was launched in June, young people have relentlessly taken up the opportunity to write, which was evident in the overwhelming amount of essays received so far. 

The decision to extend the competition means that the young hopefuls who missed the deadline will have until August 28 to apply, and no further extension will be granted thereafter. Young people can write on any one of the following topics:

  • Time to put racism on a permanent lockdown,
  • Racism – the greatest virus of our time,
  • Schools, places of racism without racists?

Writers should be between the ages of 15-21 years of age. The essays should be between 1000 to 1 400 words and can be written in any of the official South African languages. Essay writers can only enter the competition once and plagiarism will not be tolerated.

The first place winner will receive a brand new laptop and R2000 cash with R1000 cash and a brand new laptop for the second place winner. The third place winner will walk away with R500 cash and a brand new laptop.

Participants can submit their essays by using the email address or by post using P. O. Box 3240, Lenasia, 1820. For inquiries, participants can call the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation on 011-854-0082.

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