“The world’s youth are tasked with presenting a new document that safeguards and promotes the rights, privileges and liberties of either their own country or the whole world.”
In partnership with Royal Holloway College, this is an international creative essay competition for 11 to 18 year olds, to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. Young people in the UK, ESU member countries and across the Commonwealth are eligible to compete.
Taking the Magna Carta as their source document, the world’s youth will be tasked with presenting a new document that safeguards and promotes the rights, privileges and liberties of either their own country or the whole world. As in the original document, entrants will need to give particular thought to the powers of presidents, prime ministers, and monarchs that need to be limited. Entrants will be encouraged to draw lessons from recent national and international events.
Entrants will be able to represent their Magna Carta as a written piece or video [online submissions]. International ESUs will be requested to hold their own national competitions with finalists presenting their work to an audience drawn from their own communities. Winners of national finals will be judged by the panel outlined above and a short list will be invited to a Magna Carta Celebration event at the ESU HQ in London to present their entry to a live audience.