Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tranquills 2011: Writing for Peace

This month, the UP Medical Students for Social Responsibility-International Physicians for the Protection of Nuclear Warfare (MSSR-IPPNW) is launching: “TranQuills: Writing for Peace”, an essay-writing contest open to all public high school students in Metro Manila. The contest aims to promote social awareness and understanding of relevant peace issues among the youth by providing them a venue for expressing their thoughts through writing.

In its pioneering year, TranQuills has adopted the theme “Education: Empowering the Filipino Youth toward a Culture of Peace”. Participants will be tasked to write a 500 to 1000-word essay in English centering on the chosen theme. Cash prizes and medals will be awarded to the top-three winners.

TranQuills also aims to raise funds to support an organization whose line of work is related to the current theme for the year. The proceeds of this year’s competition will be channeled to Childhope Asia Philippines, an international, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization whose principal purpose is to advocate for the cause of street children throughout the world. Its projects include street education, mobilization against child prostitution and provision of drop-in shelters for sexually abused children. Such organizations rely solely on contributions from donors and sponsors that are sympathetic to their cause.

For more information, please visit the Tranquills 2011 FB page. The contest mechanics and other information may be accessed here

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