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Announcing the TSL 2023 International Student Essay Competition Winners!

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TSL chose ‘Green Jobs’ as our theme for the 2023 competition to explore global post Covid 19 recovery plans to ‘build back greener’, as well as recognising that an increasing number of young people want to work in roles which will benefit society and our planet, and work for businesses that are environmentally sustainable. However, research has shown that many young people are unsure how to turn that passion into a career and employers are already encountering green skills shortages.

Students (primary age 7-11 and secondary age 12-18) were invited to write an essay outlining their ideas on “How young people can be better supported to thrive in green jobs?”

This year, we received 1,215 essay entries from 65 countries and the Essay Competition Winners were announced at the International Essay and Debates Awards Ceremonies on the 7th & 8th June. 

Primary Schools

Ahel Saha, age 9 from King’s College School, Cambridge, UK is the recipient of this year’s first prize. Ahel’s essay highlighted several ways to support the young people throughout their educational years through collaboration between school, parents, community, government, charitable organisations and universities. Ideas which impressed the judges included opportunities to plan and execute green projects in school, extending the curriculum to learn about theories of sustainable living and planning for green jobs and creation of apprenticeships and taster sessions.

The top prize winners are listed in the table below. See our full list of awards here.

Final PositionEntrantSchool/CollegeCountry
1stAhel SahaKing’s College SchoolUnited Kingdom
2ndAadhyaa Aravind ShankarPrivate EntryIndia
Joint 3rdJeremy ZhangKing’s College SchoolUnited Kingdom
Joint 3rdEsther Ibukun OyinboadePearlShoreNigeria
4thNathan Raenn HombreMultiple Intelligence International SchoolPhilippines
Joint 5thHamsini SenthilInternational School SeychellesSeychelles
Joint 5thAlina RyburnHartland International SchoolUnited Arab Emirates
6thTandie KimunguyiHartland International SchoolUnited Arab Emirates
Joint 7thNicholas ZhengKing’s College SchoolUnited Kingdom
Joint 7thMinh Nhat Anh TranSunshine Maple Bear Elementary SchoolVietnam
Joint 7thHiranga Bandara SuraweeraTrinity CollegeSri Lanka
8thUyen Nguyen Thai TranSunshine Maple Bear Elementary SchoolVietnam
9thGauri NairHartland International SchoolUnited Arab Emirates

Secondary Schools

The first prize secondary and overall Grand Prize Winner was awarded to Alexander Kameoka from Fukuoka International School in Japan. The judges were impressed by Alex’s essay which focused on a solution centred around removing the key barriers faced by young people trying to enter jobs in the green economy; lack of capital, lack of skills and a lack of knowledge of green jobs.

Here are the top prize winners for this category.

Final PositionEntrantSchool/CollegeCountry
1st & Grand Prize WinnerAlexander KameokaFukuoka International SchoolJapan
2ndDhruv BhattBhartiyam International SchoolIndia
3rdAzat Syzdykov SamatovichNazarbayev Intellectual school of Physics and Mathematics in AstanaKazakhstan
4thMatthew Yik Yu WongPrivate EntryHong Kong
Joint 5thNoreen Rae LagranaSaint Pedro Poveda CollegePhilippines
Joint 5thMichelle MadugbaJephthah Comprehensive Secondary SchoolNigeria
Joint 5thKe Yue NewRiver Valley High SchoolSingapore
6thKeshma Tvisha RampersadNaparima Girls’ High SchoolTrinidad and Tobago
7thMarcela Valeria BoarottoEuropean School of AlicanteSpain
8thYu Han LongPrivate EntrySingapore
9thNavanga Dewmini Dulhara PereraHorizon College International, MalabeSri Lanka
Joint 10thIskra GnjidicVuk KaradzicSerbia
Joint 10thKayla Safira AzzahraBinus School BekasiIndonesia

Congratulations to all the students who took part and shared their ideas on “How young people can be better supported to thrive in green jobs”.

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