Global Citizen Prize

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Graham-Roger Prize - Global Citizenship

Are you a student with the motivation to make a difference? Do you have an innovative idea that could change the world? Then enter the Graham-Roger prize and showcase your ambition and compete for the chance to win a substantial prize. 

What you do makes a difference...

... and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall's quote encourages us to reflect on our actions and the impact they have on the world, and to make a conscious decision to use our skills and abilities to make a positive difference in the world.

Does Goodall'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, or to encourage others to take responsibility for their actions and make a difference?

Design your own essay, article, poem, speech or video to show how you hope to make a difference and submit by 20 May 2023 for a chance to win! 

Useful information



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.


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 22/23 academic year.

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

Read our full terms and conditions


Submission deadline

23.59 (UK time) on Saturday 20 May 2023 via the links below



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


Any queries from students who may be interested in submitting work for the prize, or from their teachers, should be directed to

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.