Call for essays
To engage youth in finding innovative solutions to Youth Employment in Egypt, the Economic Research Forum and the World Bank are pleased to announce the first Youth Essay Competition. The deadline for submission for youth-written essays is November 30, 2016.
Problem Statement: Youth unemployment has reached alarming levels in Egypt. As much as 26.7 percent of the young Egyptians between 18-29 years are unemployed (Central Agency for Mobilization and Statistics, CAPMAS), twice the unemployment rate for the overall population. Sub-themes: The following sub-themes are suggested:
- Youth Training, which translates into enabling youth to acquire the necessary skills to enter the labor market and benefit from available opportunities. Possible areas for new initiatives include: education, training and health.
- Job Creation, which involves ways to expand job opportunities for all young people, especially to youth disproportionally affected by unemployment. Possible solution areas include: economic diversity and the nature of economic growth; the promotion of entrepreneurship; and formalization (i.e. registration of informal businesses).
What is the timeline?
An electronic copy of your individually written essay needs to be submitted online by November 30, 2016. The finalists will be notified by December 5, 2016. All finalists will be invited to present their essay at the Award Ceremony in Cairo on December 19, 2016.
Are there prizes?
The essay competition offers recognition and financial awards. In addition to a certificate of achievement to all finalists, you will be able to present your idea to an audience of policy makers, sector specialists and other stakeholders. The best three essays will be published online by the World Bank and by the Economic Research Forum on their websites. The author of the best essay will receive 20,000 Egyptian pounds. The second and third place winners will be awarded 15,000 and 10,000 Egyptian pounds, respectively.
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