As part of its Active and Responsible Citizenship Campaign, Repubblika is inviting all students attending schools in Malta and Gozo to participate in a national students’ competition with the following theme: What does democracy mean to me?

The following are the rules of the competition:

Categories

  • Category 1: Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Category 2: Years 10 and 11
  • Category 3: Post-secondary (6th formers)

Aim

To promote among young people awareness of how citizens can contribute to the well-being of their community.

Topics

Students are required  to submit an essay or a poster on one of the following topics inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

  • Everyone is entitled to the same rights without discrimination of any kind.
  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security.
  • Everyone has the right to justice.
  • Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection of the law.
  • Everyone has the right to privacy.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and to leave and return to one’s country.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
  • Everyone has the right to peaceful assembly and association.
  • Everyone has the right to education.
  • Everyone has the right to rest and leisure.

Language & length of essays

Essays can be either in Maltese or in English. Participants of Years 7, 8 and 9 are kindly asked to write between 250-300 words, Years 10 and 11 students between 350-450 words and Post-secondary (sixth formers) between 500-600 words.

Poster size

Posters for all categories should be A3 size.

Deadline

Monday, 5th April 2021, at noon.

Submissions

Submission of essays and posters must take place either by email to secgen@nullrepubblika.org  or else by mail to 29, Church Square, Mqabba MQB1011. All submissions shall be addressed to Ms Marion Pace Asciak. Together with the essay/poster, participants must send the following particulars: name, surname, date of birth, address, fixed telephone line, mobile phone number, email address, school name, form number, competition category and chosen topic.

Certificate of participation

All participants shall receive a certificate of participation. 

Prizes

A book of a value not lower than €20 shall be given to the first 30 participants who submit their work (excluding the 12 finalists).

Each of the 6 students who place first in their category and age group shall receive a set of books of a value not lower than €150. The 6 students who place second in their category and age group shall each receive a set of books of a value not lower than €60.