It’s estimated that half of the world’s population speaks at least two languages or dialects. Aside from expanding a person’s communication skills, studies also show that multilingualism can increase cognitive skills like memory, creativity, and problem-solving. To celebrate the prevalence and usefulness of speaking more than one language, the United Nations recently launched an essay writing contest for students:
The United Nations is asking college and university students to write an essay in one of its six official languages on the role of multilingualism in a globalized world.
The contest, ‘Many Languages, One World,’ supports international education and multilingualism through the continued study of Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
It was launched today at UN Headquarters in New York with a signing ceremony between the UN Department of Public Information and the ELS Educational Services.
“Our collaboration focuses on two of the priorities of the Secretary-General, one being youth and the other multiculturalism, and this is a wonderful way of bringing those two together,” said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information following today’s signing ceremony launching the contest.
However, judging an international essay writing competition cannot be easy, especially when the participants can freely write in one of six languages. To help facilitate the submission and selection process, organizers may invest in the services of a leading contest platform provider like Skild for projects of this scale.
Skild developed the platform for the Innovation Challenge, an online competition that pairs the brightest MBA students in the world with corporate sponsors to develop alternative solutions to pressing business and social problems. The judges simply log into the platform and review, critique, and score the entries.
Given the scope of international competitions, it’s also easy to overlook details like the appearance of a website, the design of entry forms, and the distribution of contest messages to e-mail lists. These are all the things an online contest platform specialist can take care of for the organizers so they can focus instead on choosing the most deserving contestant.
As the world becomes more globalized, more competitions are calling for entries from all over the world. By casting a wider net, online contest organizers can receive more insights and better solutions. Fortunately, contest platforms make selecting the best ones easier than ever.
(Info from ‘Many languages, one world’: UN launches essay contest to celebrate multilingualism, UN News Centre, October 14, 2013)