Are you a spoken word artist? Are you artistic, creative and authentic? Register for the World Bank Western and Central Africa #YouthActOnEDU Spoken Word Competition.

The World Bank Western and Central Africa Educational Strategy have launched a poetry competition to showcase the importance of education and access to quality learning for young people in Western and Central Africa.

About the World Bank Western and Central Africa Educational Strategy

The Educational strategy is titled: “From School to Jobs: a journey for the young people of Western and Central Africa”.

Learn more by clicking the link below.

World Bank Regional Education Strategy

#YouthActOnEDU Spoken Word Competition 2022

The World Bank #YouthActOnEDU Spoken Word Competition is open to citizens of Western and Central Africa.

To win, simply share a 1-minute video of yourself reciting YOUR ORIGINAL POEM that is creative, inspiring, and artistic.

Through poetry, show and tell how education can unlock your potential and/or impact your community.

Are you artistic, creative and authentic? Join the World Bank Western and Central Africa #YouthActOnEDU Spoken Word Competition.

Entries will be judged by World Bank Group officials and a unique group of African artists, influencers, and members of the World Bank’s Africa Western and Central Education Advisory Committee.

Submissions will be evaluated based on originality, creativity, artistry, and relevance of the content presented.

The top five final selected entries will be published on select social media platforms of the World Bank and awarded a prize.

How to Join/Register

  • Click on the APPLY button below.
  • APPLY NOW
  • Send in your 1-min video.
  • Fill in the information needed, and follow the steps.
APPLY NOW FOR THE #YouthActOnEDU SPOKEN WORD COMPETITION

Application Deadline

Submissions are due July 20, 2022,11:59 EDT.

Eligibility

We strongly encourage diverse, untraditional, and unheard voices to enter this competition

To be eligible for this contest, one must be a citizen of Western and Central Africa:

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cameroon
  • The Central African Republic
  • Chad, Republic of Congo
  • Ivory Coast
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Liberia
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • The Gambia
  • Togo

In addition, the applicant must be between 18 and 35 years old.

Furthermore, World Bank staff, including its consultants and their immediate family members, contractors and their employees, are not eligible to participate.

Video Submission Guidelines

The following are guidelines for your video to be accepted:

  • Upload a 1-minute video of yourself reciting your original poem.
  • Your poem should answer the question of how education can unlock your potential and/or impact your community.
  • Record yourself in a quiet place (no music or background noise).
  • Listen to your audio before you upload to make sure you can be heard well.
  • No other persons are allowed in the video.
  • Make sure the video is not shaky, the camera must be still while filming.
  • Ensure your video is artistic, original, and creative.
  • Videos must not have been previously published or used for a commercial purpose such as private sale or used on monetized platforms.
  • All content to be used must be original, including any music.
  • Do not add any graphics, text, or captions.
  • If you need to perform your poem in sign language, you are welcome to do so.
  • Film in landscape mode.

If you are passionate about poetry and education, apply now for the #YouthActOnEDU Spoken Word Competition.

For more information, click here.

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