Global Citizen Prize

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Graham-Roger Prize - Global Citizenship

We are inviting students from secondary schools and FE colleges across Kent and Medway and the University of Kent to set out how they would change the world.

Ask not what your country can do for you...

... ask what you can do for your country."

President John F Kennedy during his Inaugural Address, 20 January 1961

Kennedy's address (above) inspired the American people, and the world, to see the importance of civic action and challenged them to contribute to the public good. 

Does JFK's call to action above resonate with you today? What could you do to make a difference to your local community, society, or the world?

Design your own essay, article, poem, speech, or video to show how you hope to make a difference and submit by 10 April 2022 for a chance to win!

Useful information

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Format

The word count limit for written work is 1,000 for students in Year 10-11, and 2,000 for Level 3 students (Year 12-13 and FE college) and University of Kent students. Audio visual files should not exceed 5 minutes.

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Eligibility and T&Cs

The Prize is for: 

  • secondary school and FE college students in Year 10, 11, 12 and 13, in Kent and Medway
  • students studying at the University of Kent during the 21/22 academic year.

Each entrant to the competition is allowed to submit only one piece of work. 

Read our full terms and conditions

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Request resources

Bring to life the themes of the Prize in your classroom or at home by requesting our online resource pack

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Submission deadline

23.59 (UK time) on Sunday 10 April 2022 via the links below

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Prizes

Prizes will be awarded in the follow categories, judged by our awarding committee. Each category will also have a runner-up prize of a £100 gift voucher. 

  • Year 10 - Tablet (equivalent to £300)
  • Year 11 - Tablet (equivalent to £300)
  • Year 12/13 - £1000
  • Current Kent student - £1000

Winners will be announced at an award event in May. 

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Contact

Any queries from students who may be interested in submitting work for the prize, or from their teachers, should be directed to grprize@kent.ac.uk

About the prize

The Graham-Roger Prize is dedicated to the memory of two men, one from the USA and one from the UK, both of whom survived the Japanese POW camps of “WW2” and met at one of the oldest Swiss Restaurants in the UK, Marchesi Brothers of Broadstairs. The Restaurant began in the town in 1884, when Federico Marchesi from Poschiavo GR, opened his business there. Incidentally the restaurant was to play host to the FOSSUK Conference in 2005.

Alfredo Reggiori, whose family had owned the eponymous  restaurant in Kings Cross and Edgeware Road, had married Alma Marchesi from Poschiavo in 1913. They had a daughter Freda who had married Eric Roger from Roehampton  in 1939.

With the ending of the War an American, Earl Graham who had suffered very much as a POW found himself transferred to RAF Manston just close to Broadstairs. When he learnt that another POW was in town he made a point of searching him out .

The two Men met when Eric was working in Marchesi’s and a lifelong friendship was born. Their story is being published shortly.

Eric and Earl so much wanted WW2 to be the last conflict and that people would respect each other from whatever their background.