Essay Competition


under the project

Civil Society Actions against Child Labour, and Trafficking in Nigeria and Border Communities


The project, “Civil Society Actions to Combat Child Trafficking and Child Labour in Nigeria and Border Communities” aims to create an enabling environment for the prevention, protection and proper re-integration of the vulnerable children and victims of irregular migration, child trafficking, and child labour. It is directly linked to the implementation of the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement and Migration in West Africa; and the project addresses child labour, child trafficking and other related risks in the context of irregular migration.

Migration contributes to regional integration and has tremendous developmental potentials if well harnessed. Culturally there is a trend towards seasonal migration for economic reasons in West Africa; but in modern times, other factors contribute to the inflow and outflow of migrants across the entire region.

However, the cross border movement of person’s including children in this region is largely irregular, through illegal channels and without proper documentation. This creates enormous risks for child migrants, and it also minimises the developmental potentials of migration as envisaged by the ECOWAS Commission. Consequently there is the need to create awareness of the dangers and the risks faced by children in such situations; and to take all necessary action to protect the victims and those at risk, especially in the towns and border communities where children transit through from the source destinations.

Hope-Aid Organisation essay and art competition arises from the need to broaden the knowledge and participation of Nigerian students on issues relating to child labour and trafficking in persons. The competition will inform, educate and involve children, youth and the general public on being responsive to issues relating to child migration and trafficking.

This year’s competition will create awareness of the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, the hazards of cross border migration, child labour, and the ECOWAS Commissions anti-child trafficking initiatives.

  1. To sensitize over 3,000 children on being responsive to issues relating to child labour and trafficking particularly in the context of irregular cross border migration.
  2. To promote child participation in the civil society efforts to protect children on the move from child trafficking and child labour in Nigeria and border communities.
  3. To obtain children’s perspectives on child protection and related issues encountered in their communities.

The topic of the competition is, “The effect of child trafficking in Nigeria.”

The participants in the essay aspect of the competition will be expected to clearly explain what they understand by child trafficking and the link between cross border mobility and child trafficking, identify the different forms in which it occurs, and the impact that it has on the child victim’s survival, growth and development. The participants in the art aspect of the competition will be expected to express as much of these ideas or concepts in an art form.


The competition is directed at secondary school children who fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Participants must be within the ages of 11 and 17
  2. Participants must be in a verifiable school
  3. Participants must be within Jss1 and Sss3
  4. Participants should be within the project states that is; LAGOS, BENIN, OYO, OGUN and the FCT

Target States and Population: The competition will hold in 5 states; LAGOS, BENIN, OYO, OGUN and the FCT. The competition is open to all eligible secondary school children in those states, and a compendium will be made of the best entries.

Entries: At the onset of the advertisements and distribution of flyers, the competition commences and entries will start to be received. Entries are to be submitted to the various school principals who in turn will submit to the State representatives in the specified format with the cover page designed for the competition. This is to ensure that the entries are received only from secondary school children and none others.

Winning Entries: The top three entries per state [for the essay and for the art category] as recommended by the state assessment team will be further appraised by the project steering committee to ensure uniformity and fairness in the final assessments.


An assessment team will be set up to review all entries for the essays and arts competition in a transparent, judicious and equitable manner. It will be a 5 man team in all the project states comprising of;

  1. The NACTAL state representative for the competition as stated in 2 above.
  2. Two English teachers nominated by the State Ministry of Education
  3. One Art teacher nominated by the State Ministry of Education
  4. A development worker/NAPTIP staff/stakeholder

The 3 teachers above (two English and one Art) will be selected based on recommendations from the state ministry of education.


The competition entries will be assessed by the assessment team based on the following criteria;

Essay Assessment Scheme
  1. Originality: Consider Imagination, subject approach
  2. Content: Consider Maturity of thought and ability to link child labour, trafficking and cross border migration themes.
  3. Development of Idea: Consider Full effective idea development
  4. Grammar: Consider Good use of English language in communicating the ideas
  5. Punctuation/Spelling: consider Proper spelling and use of punctuations
Art Assessment Scheme
  1. Originality: Consider how the entry exhibits creativity
  2. Content: Consider Maturity of thought and relevance of content to child labour, trafficking and cross border migration themes. [at least 30%]
  3. Craftsmanship: Consider the Artist’s skill in the use of material
  4. Degree of Difficulty: Consider how Appropriate for the artist’s maturity and ability
  5. Presentation: Consider the Appearance, complimentary framing and/or mounting



The best entries for each category in each state will be rewarded as follows:

1st prize: a laptop

 2nd prize: a tablet

3rd prize: a note pad

The winners will also be celebrated as children anti-trafficking crusaders 2017 at their various schools.

The award ceremony will feature representatives of the state ministry of education, NAPTIP, NACTAL and the project implementation team. It will also be used to carry out a sensitization program in the schools on free movement of persons within the ECOWAS states and the hazards of irregular migration and trafficking.

There will be radio, newspapers and social media advertisements of the winning entries.

Hope-Aid and CYPF shall continuously engage with and ensure regular visibility of the state winners/anti-trafficking crusaders in other related activities in the period 2017- 2018.


A compendium of all the best entries will be made and disseminated among project partners; the EU, ECOWAS, IOM, ILO, and ICMPD and other FMM partners.

The intellectual property right for all entries to the competition shall belong to Hope Aid organization. A consent form to this effect will be signed by the competitors at the onset of the competition and must be attached to their essays before submission.

Download the form here.

This Project is funded by the European Union and ECOWAS Commission within the Framework of the Project “Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa

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