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Youth Rising COVID-19 Student Essay Challenge!

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Challenge Question

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought global and local economies to their knees, disrupting every aspect of living and the world of work. Schools too were closed keeping students at home for more than 2 years. In not more than 500 words, describe how COVID-19 affected you and how you have been able to cope through this period. Also explain how you think schools and students as well can effectively reduce and prevent COVID-19 cases among students at school. 

Developing Your Essay

We recommend that you take your time to develop your submission in Ms. Word before you paste it in the application form. Develop your essay as a one-page, not more than 500 words, Times New Roman, Size 12, single-spaced and Justified. After you have completed your essay, you will be able to copy it and paste it in the PDF application form that you can download here: for new applicants and registered/returning students.

Here is an example of how your submission should appear in Ms. word.  

Challenge No.


Opening Date:

3rd January 2022

Closing Date: 

11th April 2022

No. of Entries: 

We will accept and review up to 200 entries on a first come first serve basis.

Winner Announcement Date

30th April 2022
The winning essays are published on our website and social media sites. Winners are contacted by email and phone.


How to Participate?

Registering & Submitting Your Essay

1. New Entrants

Register & Upload Your Essay

a) Make sure you have a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat installed on the computer you are using. 

b) Download the registration form here which is a fillable PDF form and fill in all your personal details on-page.

c) Proceed to page 2 and enter your essay in the box provided. Since you are registering, leave the registration field blank, we will send you your registration ID once we receive your application.

d) Once you have filled in all the fields, save your PDF form as your name: eg. JohnKizito and email it as an attachment with a recent picture of yourself to  

2. Registered/Returning Students

Upload Your Essay

a) If you have participated in the competition before, simply download the form for registered students here and fill in all the details including your registration number. Note that Your application will be rejected if you submit this form without a registration ID. 

b) Once you have filled in all the fields, save your PDF form as your name: eg. JohnKizito and email it as an attachment to 


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