The 1st European Solidarity Essay Prize: Launch Day

19th May 2020, Greece - Action for Education are delighted to launch the 1st European Solidarity Essay Prize for school students across Europe aged 13-18. Submissions of creative and critical essays on the theme of European solidarity are invited until 20th June 2020, World Refugee Day.

“This competition comes at a crucial moment”, says Jacob Warn, Coordinator of Action for Education. “On Europe’s borders, great acts of solidarity take place every single day. Society is standing up for human rights and in support of refugees. But as COVID-19 draws the public focus inwards, this competition is an encouragement for students to look further afield and to engage with contemporary European issues.”

“We want to foster a generation of independent thinkers who understand what solidarity means, and how it plays out in both historical and contemporary European contexts. This prize is part of our work to build a more welcoming society that understands how best to work with refugees in inclusive ways.”

“We’re delighted to be offering 6 prizes to the winning submissions. These prizes have been kindly donated by Adelheid Goldbach, a friend of children and equal opportunities. With this support from the Goldbach family, winning entries will be shortlisted by our Competition Team, and the top winning essays chosen by our panel of judges. Today we are delighted to announce our first judge is Gulwali Passaralay, the influential Afghan refugee, author of The Lightless Sky and frequent TEDx speaker.”

The 1st European Solidarity Essay Prize is open to all teenagers aged 13 - 18. The top 3 submissions for each essay category will receive cash prizes of €300 (1st place), €200 (2nd place) and €100 (3rd place). For more information please visit

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Action for Education is a grassroots NGO working with asylum seekers and refugees in Greece. Action for Education stands for equal access to education for all displaced people, as well as access to basic and dignifying services.

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