The Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 SADC Secondary School Essay Competition.

Open only to secondary school students from partner Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, the competition aims to aptly give recognition toward best students work in disseminating information on SADC to support the process of regional co-operation and integration in the region. 

Participating countries include: Angola, Botswana, Union of the Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Application deadline: April 30, 2022





Benefits of the SADC Secondary School Essay Competition

The top three (3) prize winners will receive their prizes and certificates on the margins of the 41st SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi in August 2022.

The first prize winner receives USD $1,500. Meanwhile, the second prize winner gains USD $1,000, and the third prize winner is entitled to USD $750.

Eligibility Criteria for SADC Member Countries

All secondary school going students from all 16 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States are welcome to participate in the Competition.

The topic for the 2022 SADC Secondary School Essay Competition is “How can SADC boost productive capacities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic?”

This is derived from the theme of the 41st Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government hosted by the Republic of Malawi in Lilongwe on 17th August 2021, which is; “Bolstering Productive Capacities in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic for Inclusive, Sustainable, Economic and Industrial Transformation”.

Moreover, the Summit theme seeks to accelerate the implementation of the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020–2030, in particular, the Industrialization and Market Integration pillar.

How to Apply

The Secretariat is further advising interested students to obtain more information and entry forms from their schools in their respective Member States. Completed forms, with all required information typed-in must be submitted to the school on the date advised.

An online brochure containing all other pertinent information regarding the contest can be found on this link. Interested secondary school students are advised to browse through its contents and duly understand what is required prior to submitting an application and joining the contest.


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