For the second edition of the NUHA Blogging Prizes, 38 authors were published from 18 different countries -- and the articles were viewed over 7,200 times by people connecting from 119 countries the world over! Three prizes were on offer:
- Young Writers Prize, for those born between 1998 and 2002: £50
- Youth Prize, for those born between 1994 and 1997: £100
- Adult Prize, for those born before 1994: £150
for authors who responded to one of the statements below:
- The Babel Fish is a fictitious animal which can serve as a universal translator. "If you stick one in your ear, you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language". (From the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). How would the world change if this invention became reality?
- How can technology help to make education more accessible to all?
- We often hear that mistakes are opportunities to learn. Drawing on your own experience and your observations of the world around you, do you agree with this statement?
- "Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil" - C.S. Lewis. Discuss.
- If everyone were able to speak English, what would happen to all the other languages?
- "Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits" - Albert Einstein. Drawing inspiration from this quote, discuss the role of imagination in education.
- In the future, people will cease to own books. Discuss.
- "It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape, not from our own time - for we are bound by that - but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our time." - T.S. Eliot. Discuss.
- "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela. Discuss.
The winners in the Youth and Adult categories were announced on 17 December 2012 by our experienced Jury, which was "impressed by the creativity and story-telling abilities of the participants". For the Young Writers category, it was decided that all three authors deserved recognition rather than to award a prize, and they each received a £25 Amazon gift voucher.