Awards and competitions can be a bonus reward and incentive for students. We’ve collected these links to ones on social justice or human rights themes. If you know of any others, please let us know.
Tasmanian Human Rights School Award: each year Tasmanian individuals or organisations are recognised for the contribution they have made to human rights. These include the Fairer World School Award. Nominations for the award, which includes a $500 cash prize, close early September.
Each year the Hobart City Council requests submissions from schools, businesses and community organisations for the Dr Edward Hall Environment Grants. Projects can be for activities such as tree planting and weed removal, as well as urban sustainability.
Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards (for 14 to 28 year olds): nine categories including community service and environment. Trophy and $1000 prize. Generally closes November.
The Race Discrimination Commissioner’s Student Prize: annual competition for students in years 10 and 11 which is aimed to promote research and discussion of racism among young people. Write an essay (maximum 1,000 words) or record a speech (video or audio maximum 7 minutes). Prizes for both the winning student and their school. Generally closes in September.
The Australian Human Rights Commission’s photo competition is being held in 2017, exploring the broad theme of Home. There are two categories for entries – Under 18 and 18 & over. Generous prizes and recognition are offered for winners. Closes 30 September 2017.
The Young Person’s Human Rights Medal recognises an individual under the age of 25 years who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Australia. Generally closes in early September.
The Youth for Peace Project Award is open to young people aged 12 to 18 who undertake a project that builds peace – at school, in families, in communities, or globally. First prize and highly recommended prize/s. Closes 30 October, 2017.
The Heywire Storytelling Competition gives regional people aged 16 to 22 the chance to have their voice heard. Tell a true story (text, video, photos, audio) about you and/or your community. Winning entries will work with ABC producers to have their story featured on the ABC. They’ll also get to attend the Heywire Summit, where they can work with others to develop ideas to make positive change in their communities. Entries close 16 September 2017.
Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition is open to female students in grades 10, 11 or 12 of a rural school (ie. 50 kilometres away from a town with a population 80,000 persons or more). Submit a 2-minute video or 400 words, addressing the question, “From primary school to Prime Minister, how can we create strong pathways to power for women?” At least 10 young women will win a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ prize to Canberra. Closes September 8, 2017
Become a 40 Hour Famine: World Vision Australia Youth Ambassador and travel overseas on a World Vision Study Tour to meet children and families who live in poverty and witness their daily struggles first-hand. Applicants must be 15 – 20 and have raised over $200 in the 40 Hour Famine.
Peace Poster Contest: Lions Clubs can sponsor the program in their community for children in local schools or organised youth groups. Students 11 to 13 are eligible to participate. Through the contest students are encouraged to visually depict their interpretation of an annual theme.
Future Leaders Awards recognise and reward young Australians who have shown strong leadership and potential. The awards also aim to inspire others to engage in environmental and community issues and make a difference. Indigenous, writing, justice, community leadership and photography categories for years 11 & 12. Closes 31 May.
United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards is a national program based on the theme Think Global, Act Local. Awards for the environment, social justice and media excellence. Generally closes April. There is an entry fee.
National Tree Day in July is Australia’s biggest community tree-planting event. Tree Day shows children how easy it is to help the environment. The website includes lesson plans, videos and other teacher resources.
The Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize is an annual national water science competition for senior high school students that aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research, and to raise awareness and knowledge of local and global water challenges. Entries generally close March.
Youth for Human Rights Creative Competitions: activities for getting youth involved and learning about human rights. Three categories are offered; Art, Essays and Poetry.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and UN Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) present PLURAL+, a youth video competition dedicated to exploring themes related to migration, diversity and social inclusion. Age categories from 9 to 25. Videos from 1 to 5 minutes. Entries generally close July.
Goi Peace Foundation International Essay Competition: aims to promote a culture of peace and sustainable development. Two categories (children up to 14 years and youth aged between 15 and 25). Entries generally close in June.