Junior High School Track

※ 500 ~ 700 words for essay contest and 4 minutes for speech contest


     #Speech Contest

Goal: SDGs Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being

Major progress has been made in improving the health of millions of people, increasing life expectancy, reducing maternal and child mortality and fighting against leading communicable diseases. However, progress has stalled or is not happening fast enough with regard to addressing major diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis, while at least half the global population does not have access to essential health services and many of those who do suffer undue financial hardship, potentially pushing them into extreme poverty. Concerted efforts are required to achieve universal health coverage and sustainable financing for health, to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases, including mental health, and to tackle antimicrobial resistance and determinants of health such as air pollution and inadequate water and sanitation. 
Topic: Goal 3 stresses different aspects of health. Why do you think Goal 3 specifically stresses child and maternal health? What other aspects would you like to include under this goal and why?

     #Essay Contest

Goal: SDGs Goal 4 – Quality Education

Despite the considerable progress on education access and participation over the past years, 262 million children and youth aged 6 to 17 were still out of school in 2017, and more than half of children and adolescents are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Rapid technological changes present opportunities and challenges, but the learning environment, the capacities of teachers and the quality of education have not kept pace. Refocused efforts are needed to improve learning outcomes for the full life cycle, especially for women, girls and marginalized people in vulnerable settings. 

Topic:  A study by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and Education in 2018 shows that the number of children, adolescents, and youth out of school totaling 258 million, shows no sign of improving. More than 97 million live in sub-Saharan Africa and over 94 million are in Central and Southern Asia. Furthermore, the number of female students out of school is much higher compared to male students in Western Asia and Northern Africa region. How do you think equal access to education and training would make a difference to these children’s lives and the most disadvantaged regions? How would promoting equal education and gender equality complement each other?

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