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Call For Application: PIN@15 Essay/Debate Competition is Now Open

This year, Paradigm Initiative is celebrating its 15th anniversary in a dual event that will bring together partners, Friends of PIN, alumni, volunteers, PIN team members, and digital rights and inclusion stakeholders. These events are PIN@15 in Lagos, Nigeria, on July 23rd, 2022, to commemorate PIN’s milestone, and PIN Festival (PINFest) in Harare, Zimbabwe, from October 10th to 14th, 2022.

As part of activities to commemorate this day, Paradigm Initiative is organising an Essay/Debate Competition for young and outstanding African youth between 18-25 years with passion and drive for digital rights and inclusion in the continent who want to make their voices heard.

This is an excellent opportunity for you. Read the competition procedures carefully, and CLICK HERE to apply.

Application Deadline: June 30th, 2022

Age Limit: 18 – 25 years

1st Round: 

– Argumentative Essay: Share an essay of not more than 1500 words on the topic: Are the Social and cultural norms in Africa impeding the realization of digital rights and inclusion ?.

– In the essay, take a stand for either FOR or AGAINST.

2nd Round:

– A total of 8 candidates will be selected and divided into two groups of 4 each ( FOR and AGAINST ) to prepare for the virtual debate via zoom on Thursday, July 20th, 2022.

– Debate winners will be announced during PIN Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, July 23rd, 2022.

– 4 outstanding candidates will be selected, two from each team, to compete at the grand finale.

3rd Round / Finale

– The debate finalists will win an all-expenses paid trip to Zimbabwe and a laptop set at the PIN Festival slated on October 10th – 14th.

CLICK HERE to apply Now.

41 Responses

    1. Kindly go through the process of application. The format on how to apply is embedded.

    1. Hello Bangura, The first and second rounds of the competition would be held virtually. However, the final round would be held in Harare, Zimbabwe.

    1. Dear Raphael, you can use any font size, style, spacing or colour you prefer. We are keen on the content of submission. Thank you

    1. Hello Bello, The footnotes and references do not count as part of the required word count.

  1. Thanks to PIN for this decentralized competition, I must admit it’s timely per the way digital rights are being looked at in our African setting.
    I wish you a happy pre-anniversary from Liberia.

    1. Hello Mhoja, The final round would consist of 4 debaters with the highest scores from the previous round.

    1. Hello Gomolemo, Please, feel free to use whatever referencing style you’re most comfortable with.

  2. Hello, PIN.

    Please I missed the initial deadline for submission. Can I still apply for the competition?

    Can I still submit my entry for the competition, please?

    1. Hello Martha, The announcement would be made before or on Friday, 15th July 2022. You can keep an eye out on our social media channels.

  3. Hello, will all successful applicants be announced on a public platform or by personal communication? Or both?

    1. Hello Christiana, we will reach out to all who participated, informing them of the next step.

  4. The time reach of the announcement, plz can we see the results. If its possible now .

  5. Please I have lost my phone and access to my mail
    Please how will I be able to get information?
    When will the information be sent across?

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