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APPLY: 2022 Paradigm Initiative Essay/Debate Competition for Young Africans

The Paradigm Initiative Essay/Debate Competition is currently accepting entries from interested and qualified applicants.

Winners of the essay and debate categories shall be awarded with a laptop and a trip to Zimbabwe to attend the Paradigm Initiative festival.

Paradigm Initiative is a social enterprise that builds an ICT-enabled support system and advocates digital rights in order to improve livelihoods for under-served youth.

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Summary

  • Host Country: Paradigm Initiative
  • Category: Competitions 
  • Eligible Countries: Nigeria
  • Reward: Laptop
    • Free roundtrip to Zimbabwe
  • Deadline: June 30, 2022
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Details:

This year, Paradigm Initiative is celebrating its 15 anniversary in a dual event that will bring together Partners, Friends of PIN, Alumni, Volunteers, PIN Team members, and inclusion stakeholders. These events are PIN@15 in Lagos, Nigeria, on July 23, 2022, to commemorate PIN’s milestone, and The PIN Festival (PINFest) in Harare, Zimbabwe, on October 10 – 14, 2022.

As part of activities to commemorate this day. Paradigm Initiative is organising an Essay/Debate Competition for young and outstanding African youth between 18-20 years with passion and drive for digital rights and inclusion in the continent who want to make their voices heard.

Competition Details

1st Round

  • Argumentative Essay: Share an essay of not more than 1500 words on the topic: Are the Social and cultural norms in Africa impeding the realization of digital rights and inclusion?
  • In the essay, take a stand for either FOR or AGAINST.

2nd Round

  • A total of 8 candidates will be selected and divided into two groups of 4 each (FOR and AGAINST) to prepare for the virtual debate via zoom on Thursday, July 20, 2022.
  • Debate winners will be announced during PIN Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
  • 4 outstanding candidates will be selected, two from each team, to compete at the grand finale.
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Requirements:

To be considered for the competition, you must:

  • Be African
  • Be between 18 and 25 years of age
  • Write essay not more than 1500 words

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Duration and Reward

  • The debate finalists will win an all-expenses paid trip to Zimbabwe and a laptop set at the PIN Festival slated on October 10 – 14.

Essay Topic

 Are Social and cultural norms in Africa impeding the realization of digital rights and inclusion?  

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Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should visit the official website of the Paradigm Initiative to submit their entry by clicking on the button below.

Deadline: June 30, 2022

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