Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) International Essay and Debate Competition. 


According to the UN and her global partners, a flourishing  life on land is fundamental to our future security. We are all part of the planet’s ecosystem, yet it has been caused a severe damage which are    anthropogenic – urbanization, deforestation, loss of natural habitats and land degradation.

Promoting the sustainable use of our ecosystems and preserving biodiversity is not just ‘another cause’, it is a key to our future survival. UN Sustainable Development Goal #15 challenges countries to conserve and sustainably manage life on land, as part of wider efforts across all countries to protect the earth as a whole. It is a way of reminding us human beings to care for the environment and is an avenue to spread the word as well.

Children are strongly encouraged to share their own experiences (good or bad, local or national) in order to help bring their essays alive and support a meaningful international dialogue. They are given the opportunity to share their wonderful ideas and meet up with other children of like minds.

In 2018, Bethel American International School participated in the essay competition titled ‘My plan to protect and manage our oceans, seas and marine resources’, where one of the students emerged as a finalist (top 10%) and eight others featured in the Honourable Mentions list (top 33%). Abiah Abraham represented the school amongst over two hundred students, teachers and parents, at the debate (finals) held at Beau Vallon, Seychelles.

I am glad to inform you that this year, in an essay titled ‘Young people are key in achieving SDG #15’, our school got the highest number of shortlisted participants globally – 2 finalists and 6 Honorable Mentions. The finalists (Annabel Chizarum Ajose and   Ore-Ofe George Solarin) shall be representing our school at the debate competition in British Columbia, Canada, between the 8th and 12th of July, 2019. There, students all over the world will produce ideas on and analyze practical ways to sustainably conserve life on land.

We encourage all students to participate in this annual competition and are very proud of those who qualified. We also pray that the mercies and goodness of God will be with our representatives who will attend the event later in the year at British Columbia, Canada.






Owolabi O.S.