Macao, China: Hosted by the Macau Professional Speaking Association (MPSA), the 2nd Annual “Macao-wide English Essay Competition” held an online event focused on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a discussion revolving around this year’s theme, “An Inclusive World”.
Attracting nearly 70 attendees online, the event included opening remarks by the President of MPSA, Maggie Chan, and a workshop to introduce the 17 SDGs by Toby Lau, Network Coordinator of the United Nations Youth Network for Sustainable Development Solutions Hong Kong. President of Language Exchange & Cultural Promotion Association, Un Wa Lok, Chairperson of The Society of Food & Environmental Health (Macao), Ruby O, President of Sustainable Development Association, Terence Lee, Supervisory Board Member of Zero Distance Cooperation, Edith Chan, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Head of the Department of Social Work of University of Saint Joseph, Dr. Jacky Ho, and Imam of Islamic Association of Macau, Ding Shao Jie were invited to share their views in a panel discussion on the competition theme “An Inclusion World”. Through their research, expertise, and experiences, they discussed the theme from different aspects, including language, arts, education, social services, hospitality industry, disadvantaged and minority groups, and more.
With the United Nations’ 17 SDGs at its core, the “Macao-wide English Essay Competition” aims to encourage young students to be aware of global issues, broaden their international perspectives, and hone their English writing abilities. With the theme “An Inclusive World”, the second edition of the competition is now open for registration until December 12. Local students in upper primary, middle school, high school, and college are asked to write an essay ranging from 150 to 900 words and submit their work by December 21.
The competition guidelines and registration form can be downloaded from the official website (https://www.essaymacao.com). The winning entries will be published into an essay collection to embrace the voices of student stakeholders in the society and initiate a wider discussion about building a more sustainable and resilient future together.
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