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The President of the Republic announces a competition for research papers on history


Today, President Kersti Kaljulaid announced the competition entitled ‘A Hundred Years of the Estonian State’, inviting research papers on history from school students.

The centenary of the Republic of Estonia is an important milestone and it invites anyone with an interest in history to take a look at what has happened over that period. The competition is open to papers that cover any of the events of the past 100 years.

In her speech at the end of the competition this spring, President Kersti Kaljulaid noted that history was like a zebra, with a black stripe always following a white one and vice versa. “Our task is to take an interest in both stripes, to stretch the white stripes as much as possible, while understanding the reasons that make black stripes happen,” the head of state said.

The President is the patron of the competition that is being held for the 19th time. The competition aims to spark an interest in history in young people and make them see the connections between the past and the present. The competition has several age groups: basic school (forms 5-9), upper secondary school (forms 10-12) and vocational schools. The upper age limit of participants is 21. 

The competition is organised by the Society of Estonian History and Social Education Teachers and it is supported by the Cultural Foundation of the President and the Ministry of Education and Research.

The papers will be assessed by a panel comprising representatives of several research institutions. The assessment criteria include originality, use of sources, generalisation skills and how the paper corresponds to the subject.

The closing date for posting research papers is 31 March 2018. The conditions of the competition are available on the website of the Society of Estonian History and Social Education Teachers www.eays.edu.ee.

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