World Affairs Council
Deadline: 3/20/2022, 11:59 PM

The World Affairs Council hosts the WCEC for third through twelfth graders from across Washington State. The goal of the contest is to promote discussion among students, teachers, families, and community members about the ways that individuals can affect positive change in the global community. The contest lends the opportunity for students to engage in conversations about critical world issues with their peers, teachers, and families and allows them to gain confidence in expressing their thoughts in writing by submitting their work to a panel of community judges from both the business and education communities. Many teachers use the WCEC as a class assignment to engage their students in real life global issues!

2022 World Citizen Essay Contest Prompt:

From natural disasters and climate change to conflict and lack of resources, many people around the world have been forced to flee their homes in search of a safe and better life for themselves and their families. According to the United Nations (UN), the number of refugees in the world has doubled over the past 10 years. Tens of millions of people have been forcibly displaced from Syria, Haiti, Afghanistan and other places experiencing climate-, natural-, and human-made disasters. These refugees from around the world are seeking to relocate to the United States and other countries.

In an essay of 1000 thousand words or less, choose a specific context to describe the origins or causes of a crisis that resulted in people becoming refugees, its impact, and what you would recommend as a course of action to address it. Feel free to use contemporary or historical examples to explain when/how specific strategies have or have not worked.  In addition, refugees face many challenges when they relocate (i.e. finding housing, employment, schools, discrimination, etc.). Describe how you would welcome refugees into your own country or community, including how you would act to reduce challenges and ensure that individuals and/or families can adjust and prosper in their new homes.

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