What integrity and democracy mean to students

NGO Repubblika launches national students’ competition
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As part of its ‘Active and Responsible Citizenship Campaign’, the NGO Repubblika is organising a national students’ competition on the theme ‘What does democracy mean to me?’. Students from all schools in Malta and Gozo are invited to take part.

Participating students are required to submit an essay and/or an A3-sized poster depicting the theme of ‘integrity’, that is, the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.

Students may tackle any of the following areas or any other area in which integrity plays an important role: integrity in public life; integrity in decision-making; courage as an essential element of integrity; fairness as an important element of integrity; honesty in sports; integrity in journalism; or integrity: what should one do when written rules and laws contrast with one’s conscience?

The essays may be written in either English or Maltese.

Participants in the competition will be split into three categories: category 1 for students in years 7, 8 and 9; category 2 for years 10 and 11; and category 3 for post-secondary students.

Participants in years 7, 8 and 9 are to write essays of between 250 and 300 words; those in years 10 and 11 between 350 and 450 words; and post-secondary students between 500 and 600 words.

The closing date for the submission of entries is Monday, May 1 at noon.

Essays and posters are to be submitted either by e-mail to events@repubblika.org or by post to 29, Church Square, Mqabba MQB1011. All submissions should be addressed to Matthew Grech.

Together with the essay or poster, participants must send their name, surname, date of birth, address, fixed telephone number, mobile number, e-mail address, school name, year number, competition category, and chosen topic.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

A book valued at not less than €20 will be awarded to the first 30 participants who submit their entry, excluding the 12 finalists.

Each of the six students who place first in their category and age group will receive a set of books of a value not less than €150. The six students who place second in their category and age group will each receive a set of books valued at not less than €60.

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