SADC Secondary School Essay Competition 2023

About SADC

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a Regional Economic Community founded in the year 1992 and comprising 16 Member States. SADC contributes to socio-economic development with an aim to eradicate poverty, ensure peace and security and promote Regional Integration within South Africa. SADC offers financial support to socially disadvantaged people of South Africa to enhance their quality and standard of life.

SADC Secondary School Essay Competition

SADC Secondary School Essay Competition 2023

The SADC Secondary School Essay Competition commenced in 1995 with the objective to recognize and award the best Secondary School essay writing work in order to motivate learners to implement and promote the SADC values of Regional Integration.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is one of the key departments of the South African Government that looks after primary and secondary education in South Africa. The DBE invites students to apply for the SADC Secondary School Essay Competition where the winners will be awarded cash prizes.

Students from high school (secondary school) are expected to write an essay on the topic:

“In what ways can the SADC region encourage industrialization that promotes economic growth that is inclusive, sustainable, and resilient?”

This topic has been derived from the theme held in the event “42nd Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government” in the year 2022. The theme was advancing industrialization through agro-processing, mineral beneficiation, and the development of regional value chains to drive inclusive and resilient economic growth.

The winners of the SADC Secondary School Essay Competition 2023 will receive the following cash prizes along with a certificate signed by the SADC Chairperson.

Regional Level:

  • 1st Prize: $1500 USD
  • 2nd Prize: $1000 USD
  • 3rd Prize: $750 USD
  • The top 10 winners will get certificates with SADC Chairperson’s sign on them.

To receive the prizes, the top 3 winners will have to travel to the Member States that will host the SADC Summit.

National Level:

  • 1st Prize: $500 USD
  • 2nd Prize: $300 USD
  • 3rd Prize: $200 USD
  • The top 3 winners will get certificates with SADC Executive Secretary and Minister of Education’s sign on them.

Guidelines and Selection:

Following is the SADC guideline and a list of questions that you can address which will help you construct your essay better.

  1. What is industrialization, and how is it related to economic development? (write in your own words) (10 points)
  2. The SADC region aims to continue conducting various activities and programmes, especially those that promote industrialization as they are necessary for the region’s long-term social economic success. Give 5 specific examples, explain their significance, and discuss how they have contributed to the region’s development. (20 points)
  3. In your opinion, what are the key focus areas that the SADC region should prioritize in order to implement industrialization-oriented projects effectively? What difficulties or challenges hinder industrialization and access to many markets within the region? (20 points)
  4. The objective of the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap (2015-2063) is to advance economic and technological transformation across the region, with a particular focus on implementing initiatives that foster the development of regional value chains. Elaborate on some of the priority areas for regional value chain development in the SADC region and provide examples wherever needed. (25 points)
  5. SADC region strives to create sustainable economic growth that can overcome challenges and benefit everyone. In what ways other sectors have contributed for promoting industrialization? Provide specific examples. (25 points)

Eligibility Criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria to apply for SADC Secondary School Essay Competition 2023:

  • Must reside within South Africa
  • Must be currently in Secondary School (High School) in any of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States.

Essay Criteria:

  • You must write the essay in one of the SADC working languages viz. English, French, and Portuguese.
  • The essay length should be anywhere between 900 to1000 words
  • You must write the essay in your own words without taking the help of anyone
  • The essay must be typed and submitted in electronic version in Microsoft Word document format, and in hard copies.
  • Entrants should sign and initialize each page of the hard copy document to ensure there’s no alteration.
  • Mention your full name in the essay as it appears on your ID/Passport
  • The essay must be written in Arial font with a 1.5-line spacing
  • The essay must address the topic in detail and promote the SADC’s Values, Objectives, and Common agenda.

How to Apply?

The essays will be coordinated by the Ministries of Education in all respective SADC Member States and they will declare a date for submitting the entries at their offices. Students who meet the eligibility requirements outlined above are required to reach out to their school heads to submit their entries to the Ministries of Education in their respective SADC member states.

All submissions must include a SADC Secondary School Essay Competition Entry Form containing the entrant’s full contact details, passport-sized photograph, email address, fax number, telephone, physical address, and contact details of the entrant’s parent/guardian.

Government officials in SADC member states are responsible for submitting the top three essays to the SADC Secretariat for evaluation at the regional level.

Closing Date 

The deadline for submitting entries to the Secretariat is 31 May 2023.

Contact Details

For any queries, contact the following at the SADC Secretariat:
Head of Communication and Public Relations Unit
Name: Barbara Lopi

Communication, and Relations Officer
Name: Innocent Mbvundula,

Telephone: +267 395 1863
Postal: SADC Secretariat, Plot 54385 New CBD Private Bag 0095 Gaborone, Botswana
Fax: +267 397 2848

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