Want to enter? Here's how
Become a Teacher Champion
Teacher Champions represent their school and submit all the children’s essays. Children can participate in one of two categories – Primary Schools (ages 7-11) or Secondary Schools (ages 11-17).Register as a Teacher Champion
Study this year's brief
Every year the competition focuses on a different global sustainability challenge.
This year’s theme is LIFE ON LAND.
The deadline for submissions is 20 December 2018 (with the exception of selected BC partner schools).See the brief
Essay results are announced online in mid-February (with the exception of selected BC partner schools, whose essay results are announced online in May).
The top entries either receive Finalist (top 10%) or Honourable Mention (top 10-33%) awards. The overall Grand Prize Winner, and top ten medallists in each category, are announced at the Debates and Awards.Judging criteria
Attend the schools debate
The Schools Debates build on the essay competition, and anyone who enters the essay competition can participate.
The 2019 Debates on Life on Land will take place in Victoria and Vancouver, Canada, kindly hosted by the government of British Columbia.Learn more
Registration opens for Teacher Champions/Schools to participate in the TSL 2019 Essay Competition.
20 December 2018
Deadline for submissions (with the exception of BC partner schools)
15 February 2019
Announcement of international essay competition awardees – Finalists (Top 10%) and Honourable Mentions (Top 33%). Awardees from BC partner schools to follow in May 2019.
31 May 2019
Registration deadline to attend the 2019 Schools Debates (registration is compulsory for all attendees).
All students and teachers who submit an essay (or Schools Sustainability Challenge video) are welcome to attend.
8-12 July 2019
International Schools Debates & Awards, Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.