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Get creative: Join the World Bank Group and Financial Times’ blog writing competition for high school students

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Do you often wonder what kind of job you will have when you grow up? Do you think your school is preparing you for the work you may do in the future? What will classrooms and teachers of the future be like? Do you think there are better ways to learn? Do you have inspired and imaginative ideas to re-invent education? Are you between the ages of 16 and 19 and currently enrolled in high school or a secondary education institution?

If this sounds like you, then enter our blog writing contest! The World Bank Group and the Financial Times are hosting a competition for our future leaders. We want young people with brilliant ideas and solutions, who will be most affected by the changing nature of jobs and skills to share their perspective on what could help better prepare them for the future.

Why are we running this competition? Technology is rapidly changing the world we live in and bringing us many opportunities, but we also need to adapt to these changes. The jobs of the future will be different from the ones today and we will need to learn new things and develop new skills to excel at them. This builds on the recently launched Human Capital Project as well as the World Bank’s World Development Reports on The Changing Nature of Work and LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise.

There is a growing body of research on what we need as a global community to be ready for the future. Leaders and policy makers are engaged and actively looking for answers to better prepare their citizens for an uncertain future. But, the people who will be most affected are today’s high school students and those who follow them. This is why we wanted to ask you what you think will better prepare you for your future.

So, tell us in your own words: What do you want to learn? What kinds of jobs do you want and what kinds of jobs do you think will exist when you are older? What will best prepare you and the students that come after you, to adapt and thrive in tomorrow’s world.

We want your creativity and your originality. Send us:

• A strong blog or essay, that is no longer than 500 words.

• Photos, videos, visualizations that help support your story, are optional.

• Your name, age, school, email, and country you live in.

The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2019. Entries will be judged by a high-level panel comprised of senior officials at the World Bank, Financial Times and select partners.

You could win a chance at being published in the Financial Times and the World Bank Blogs, and attending, the World Bank Group/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. in April 2019, with your expenses covered.

For more information on entering the competition and to submit your entry, click here. You can also register your school here to receive free subscriptions of the Financial Times for students at any time:


Submitted by Ruth Flomo on

Thanks for this great initiative, which I believe is an eye opener for young people to re-shift thoughts about career path they want to pursue. I am from Liberia, and live and attend school in Monrovia. I have interest and will submit my entry in line with your deadline.

Kind regards

Submitted by Dare William on

Thanks for this great opportunity. We are already to partner with you in order to bring this noble vision into a reality.

Submitted by Thammineni Goutham on

I think the future revolves around the Artificial Intelligence and Robots. The Education System should adopt these future contents. Robots going to replace humans and even Our minds with Artificial Intelligence. We just kept believing in Machines and Using Humans. Hope future should be in humans with wisdom not money. Thank you.

Submitted by Mudassar on

I'm university student and I want to participate in this competition , can I participate ??

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