Announcing 2019 Make the Case for Caring Theme!

by Merritt Frey, Executive Director


Here at Mali Rising, we want to encourage young people in the United States to think critically yet compassionately about international issues. That’s why each year we host an essay contest as a forum for thoughtful high school thinkers to share their thoughts on an international development topic.

Today I’m happy to announce the theme for the 2019 Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest:

In 1948, the UN General Assembly included education as a basic human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Do you think education is a human right? Why or why not? What does your position mean for education in a country like Mali?

This contest asks students to build a creative, persuasive argument for engagement in a country like Mali -- far from students' homes and daily concerns. National winners of this essay contest receive cash awards and recognition. 

All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private, and home schools within the United States are eligible. The essay must be 300-500 words. Additional rules apply -- see official rules.

  • First place: $250 cash award and publication online

  • Second place: $100 cash award and publication online

  • Third place: $50 cash award and publication online

Essays may be submitted beginning January 1, 2019 via email only to Deadline for submissions is midnight eastern on March 31, 2019.