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November 18, 2019

Unexpected Voices Speech Competition Canada

Power of Words Academy in collaboration with World Speech Day and the British Council has an exciting opportunity for schools across Canada to participate in. We would like your students to articulate their thoughts, ideas and concerns about two of the UN’s Sustainability Goal Themes: Climate Change and Gender Equality. Information about the Unexpected Voices Speech Competition is detailed below.

Overview of Competition

World Speech Day takes place on March 16, 2020, and our new speech competition is about reaching out to students across Canada. In particular, we are looking for new ideas on Climate Change and Gender Equality, part of the UN's Sustainability Development Goals.
The Competition aims to:

  • Increase the knowledge of the UN Sustainability Development Goals amongst students and their teachers
  • Improve the students’ writing and speaking skills
  • Increase awareness of World Speech Day

Information about the Competition

  • Teachers submit student speeches by entering the information into the online form. The deadline for submission is January 16, 2020. 
  • The theme of the speech must either be Climate Change or Gender Equality.
  • The speech must be written in English. 
  • The maximum word limit of the speeches is:
    • 300 words for the 7-8 and 9-10 age categories.
    • 500 words for the 11-12 and 13-14 age categories.
  • Entry to the Competition is free of charge. 
  • The Round 1 Competition winners will be notified by email on February 3, 2020. In this notification, Power of Words Academy will inform the winners of the venue, date and time of Round 2, where the selected participants will present their speeches before a panel of judges. The three winners of each age category will be invited to perform their speeches on World Speech Day (March 16, 2020) at the Design Exchange Headquarters in Toronto.
  • All participating schools will receive certificates. The three finalists from each age category will receive monetary and non-monetary prizes (specific information regarding same is on our website). 

For more information about the competition, visit our website at

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Hafsa Esmail

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