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How can we improve education? Tell us in the World Bank and Financial Times’ blog writing competition

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed education for students and teachers everywhere.  Almost all schools had to close for months.  And ready or not, students – along with teachers and families – discovered that education was suddenly possible only through remote learning.

In many places schools have moved to reopen, sometimes through a combination of face-to-face classes and learning from home.  Everyone is now at some stage of getting back to normal – even if it’s a completely “new” normal.

So now, the big question for all of us is:

What lessons have we learned to improve teaching and learning?

If you’re aged 16 to 19 and currently enrolled in high school, we’d like to hear how you answer this question in your own words.

Please tell us:

What insights from your experience during the COVID-19 pandemic do you think would improve education and learning? What should educators and policymakers do differently, including by leveraging technology and changing teaching methods?

We invite you to enter this year’s fourth annual global blog writing competition, co-sponsored by the World Bank Group and the Financial Times. 

We are looking for your most inventive ideas, high-quality writing, and innovative solutions that would strengthen education going forward.

Send us:

  • A strong blog or essay, no longer than 500 words.
  • Your name, age, school, email, and country you live in.
  • Optional: any photos, videos, visualizations that help support your story.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2022. Entries will be judged by a high-level panel of senior officials from the World Bank, Financial Times, and our partners.

You could win a chance to be published in the Financial Times and the World Bank Blogs.

For more information on entering the competition and to submit your entry, click here

You can also register your school here, anytime, to receive free subscriptions of the Financial Times for students:


Paul McClure

Senior External Affairs Officer, World Bank

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