UNEXPTECTED VOICES SPEECH COMPETITION CANADA
Power of Words Academy
World Speech Day takes place on March 16, 2020, and our new speech competition is about reaching to unexpected voices among the young people across Canada. In particular, we are looking for new ideas on climate change and gender equality, part of the UN's Sustainability Development Goals.
This competition is run by Power of Words Academy in collaboration with World Speech Day. The Competition aims to:
• Increase the knowledge of the UN Sustainability Development Goals amongst students and their teachers
• Improve the students’ writing and speaking skills
• Increase awareness of World Speech Day
What does the competition involve?
It is important that students are given a platform to express what they think, believe and are passionate about. This speech writing Competition gives that opportunity to the youth across Canada to work on two of the UN Sustainable Development Goal themes: Climate Change or Gender Equality. By doing so, our youth can articulate their thoughts, ideas, concerns about such topics, present us with new ways of thinking and promote taking action.
To help with this exercise, the British Council (who is concurrently running the first Unexpected Voices Competition in the UK and in other countries including India, South Africa, Pakistan, Egypt, Palestine and Bangladesh) has created a number of resources to provoke thought and inspire action on gender equality. These resources will give tools to students to develop their awareness of gender equality or climate change and the impact that they have in the world. Students will also be able to develop a variety of skills, such as speech writing, communication, problem solving and critical thinking, to name a few.
The theme of the speech must either be Climate change or Gender equality.
The speech must be written in English.
The maximum word limit of the speeches is:
• 300 words for the 7-8 and 9-10 age categories
• 500 words for the 11-12 and 13-14 age categories.
Teachers may submit the selected student speeches by entering the information into the online form by the given deadline. All entries must be submitted by the student’s teacher or school who will be responsible for authenticating it is the student's work and not plagiarized.
Entry to the Competition is free of charge although entrants are responsible for any costs associated with entry. All entries must be submitted online.
The opening date of the Competition is 09:00 EST on November 15, 2019 and the closing date is 21:00 EST on January 16, 2020. Any submission received before the opening date or after the closing date will not be entered in the competition.
The Round 1 Competition winners will be notified by email on February 3, 2020. In this notification, Power of Words Academy will inform the winners of the venue, date and time of Round 2, where the selected participants will present their speeches before a panel of judges. The three winners of each age category will be invited to perform their speeches on World Speech Day (March 16, 2020) at the Design Exchange.