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Essay Contests

The ESEC foundation aims at the development of a yearly generic format for European Student Essay Contests, starting in 2014. Because of its format, Essay Contests can be used to involve citizens in European issues. Each year new issues will be discussed. In the next years the issues can be related to the most critical social and economic European issues of Agenda 2020.

The methodology of the ESEC contains:

  1. guidelines
  2. assessors
  3. jury
  4. festival
  5. evaluation

The guidelines of the essays involve the age of the students (15-18), the maximum amount of words (1500), how essays should be submitted, and will be selected. There will be prizes for the first three winners, candidates will receive a certificate and the 10 winning essays will be published.

The assessors such as the RHS and the HVA will set the criteria for the essays. There will be one main question for the essay and 3 sub questions:

Main question:

What can older generations teach you and what can you teach them about Europe?

For the different branch levels, 3 questions should be answered in the essays and could be assessed.

  1. What did your parents and grand parents teach you about Europe? (Individual level)
  2. How do you look differently at Europe, in comparison to your (grand)parents? (Different generation levels on European integration)
  3. What can you teach older Europeans about Europe? (citizen level)


Three winners of each Member State will be selected by the assessors. The national winners will come to the concluding ESEC Festival in The Hague.

Under supervision of prof Becker, the multiform jury will be set up. During this festival the essays will be presented to this jury. The dialogue during the festival will be held between younger and older generations of different EU member states, schools, industry, local and EU policy making bodies in a local and European perspective.

In the dialogue all attendants of the generations will be able to reflect on common issues extracted from the essays respecting cultural diversity between citizens, such as in age, sex and cultural background. After the festival, dissemination of the knowledge, different viewpoints of different generations, will start. This will be supported by social media, press, video, a published report for
schools, EU policymaking bodies, the jury and all participants of the project enhancing cross-fertilisation.




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