The International Day of Peace is observed every year around the world on the 21st September. It's a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, among all nations and people.
It calls for a ceasefire in conflict zones and an end to war and violence. Last year, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, dedicated the day to education for peace. In his speech, Ban Ki-moon said:
"Let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect. Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity. Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might."
For this year's International Day of Peace, give your voice to support peace in the world by entering our creative writing competition!
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Competition Terms and Conditions
1. The competition is open to anyone in Years 3 – 13 and entrants can only enter one of the following categories:
Primary Schools: Year Groups 3 – 6
Secondary Schools: Year Groups 7 – 11
Sixth Forms and Colleges: Year Groups 12 – 13
2. Entries should be based on the theme of 'peace' and/or 'nuclear weapons'.
3. Entries must be original, unpublished and not accepted for publication.
4. Entries should be written in English, fit onto one side of A4 paper and can be either typed or handwritten.
5. Entrants must be based in England and supply their full name, address, telephone number and email address. They must also supply the name and address of their school and their Year Group. These details should be clearly listed separately from the entry itself.
6. Entries must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Creative Writing Competition, Mordechai Vanunu House, 162 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DQ. No responsibility will be accepted for corrupted, lost or late entries.
7. Schools can only submit up to 3 entries per category.
8. Only one entry is allowed per entrant.
9. All entries must be submitted by 1st July 2014.
10. The winners and their schools will be notified by Thursday 10th July and invited to attend the prize giving event in London. The event will take place in the evening on Thursday 17th July.
11. The winning entries will be announced in advance of the International Day of Peace which is on Sunday 21st September. A list of commended entries and the winners of each category will be posted on this website.
12. Copyright will remain with the author, but the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament reserves the right to publish any winning or commended entries and the name of the authors after the end of the competition.
13. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the results.
14. Submitted entries will not be returned.
15. Neither the judges nor competition organisers, or their immediate family members, are eligible to enter the competition.
16. By entering the competition, entrants and their schools accept and agree to be bound by these rules, and the rules and regulations set out below regarding how to claim the prizes.
Rules and regulations for claiming the prize
1. The winners of each category will receive a £100 cash prize and a £50 book voucher.
2. The prizes will be awarded to the winners during a prize giving event in London on Thursday 17th July.
3. The prize does not include transportation, accommodation or any other expenses.
4. Prizes are non-transferable and there are no substitutes offered for any of the prizes.
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