Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), Canada’s largest media development organization, is teaming up with Maclean’s magazine in Write the Wrong, a national essay competition where students are asked to answer the question “What is the single largest problem that we face today and what do youth need to do to fix it?”
The winning essay will be published on Maclean’s website and the author will receive a Rogers Smart phone. Five finalists will have their essay posted on the website and multimedia platform, CITIZENShift.
“Students are not the future, they are the present” says jhr’s Youth Engagement Coordinator, Ken Zolotar. “Write the Wrong gives students the ability to share their views on global issues and Maclean’s gives them the platform to be listened to”.
jhr, a Toronto based organization, works to ensure international human rights standards are upheld by working with local media in Africa to educate and create widespread human rights awareness. Write the Wrong is a Canadian initiative that invites youth to engage in discussion about a human rights related issue, and in turn foster human rights awareness.
The winning essay will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges including CBC’s Adrian Harewood, the David Suzuki Foundation’s Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Maclean’s Cathrin Bradbury.
Submissions are currently being accepted. The deadline is May 13th, 2011.