The Tibet Rights Collective (TRC) has launched its highly anticipated Essay Contest for 2024, inviting students and scholars from around the globe to contribute their perspectives on pressing issues affecting Tibet. With a focus on topics ranging from human rights and environmental sustainability to cultural preservation and youth empowerment, the contest aims to foster meaningful dialogue and generate actionable insights.
Tibet Rights Collective is a Delhi-based advocacy and policy research group that aims to increase access to information around the politics, culture, traditions and language of Tibet by offering a strategic overview of the ground situation.
One of the key themes of this year's contest is "The Role of International Policy in Safeguarding Human Rights in Tibet." This topic underscores the ongoing challenges faced by Tibetans, including restrictions on religious freedom and political repression. Participants are encouraged to critically evaluate the impact of international policies on human rights in Tibet, shedding light on diplomatic and advocacy efforts aimed at addressing these issues.
Another crucial area of focus is "Tibet's Fragile Ecosystem: Climate Change and the Urgency for Sustainable Solutions." Recognizing Tibet's role as the "Third Pole" and its influence on climate patterns across Asia, contestants are prompted to explore the environmental consequences of climate change in the region. From biodiversity loss to downstream impacts on millions of people, essays in this category are expected to highlight the urgent need for sustainable solutions.
Preserving Tibetan culture and traditions in the modern world is also highlighted as a significant theme. With its rich heritage and unique spiritual dimensions, Tibetan culture faces challenges in the face of globalization. Participants are encouraged to propose strategies for safeguarding these traditions, ensuring the continuity of a distinct cultural identity.
Empowering Tibetan youth through exile education is another critical topic, emphasizing the importance of preserving cultural identity and fostering resilience among younger generations. Contestants are invited to examine the challenges and opportunities in exile education, with a focus on equipping Tibetan youth for global engagement and contribution.
The contest features two age categories: High School/Higher Secondary students and Graduate/Postgraduate/Scholars, with word limits ranging from 800 to 2,000 words. Prizes include cash awards and featured publication on TRC's website, with selected essays also considered for inclusion in a forthcoming book.
Submissions are due by March 1, 2024, with results announced on March 10, 2024. Essays must be submitted via email according to specified guidelines, with late submissions not considered. Participation is open to individuals of all backgrounds, reflecting TRC's commitment to promoting awareness and advancing the rights of Tibetans worldwide.
Edited and collated by Team TRC