School students around the world are invited to write a 500 word blog on what can be done to help children read by the age of 10.

The competition, run jointly by the Financial Times’ free schools access programme and the World Bank, seeks ideas to tackle “learning poverty”, a barrier which limits children’s opportunities. 

The best contribution will be published by the FT and the World Bank, which will cover reasonable expenses for the winner to attend the Bank’s Spring Meeting in Washington in April 2020. 

The judges will look for the most inventive ideas, high quality writing and innovative solutions to improve education outcomes for the next generation.

Anyone enrolled in secondary education aged 16-19 years old around the world is invited to answer one of two questions:

  • What could teachers and schools do differently to help all children learn to read?
  • If you were the education minister of your country what would you do to make sure every 10-year-old is able to read?

Contributions can be accompanied by videos, photos and charts. The deadline is February 10, 2020 at midnight EST. 

Applicants are encouraged to get their schools to sign up for the FT’s free schools access programme, and may draw inspiration from articles in the FT and the World Bank Group’s Human Capital Project and report on Ending Learning Poverty.

Click here for the competition entry form.

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