The contest is open to Secondary 4 and 5 students in French and English high schools in Quebec. However, these students are not eligible:
- children and other close relatives of Éducaloi employees
- children and other close relatives of employees working for Éducaloi's contest and corporate partners
A student can participate on her or his own even if the student’s teacher does not organize the whole class to take part.
Teachers can advise participating students and inform them of the contest rules and guidelines for essays.
How to Participate
Students must write an essay in answer to a question created by Éducaloi. Read the information in the Teacher's Guide to learn about the themes.
The contest questions relate to these four themes:
- freedom of religion
- work and school
- child custody decisions
- teenagers and the criminal legal system
Requirements for Essays
Essays must meet these requirements:
- written in English or French
- approximately 500 words
- written by hand or using a computer
- handwritten essays must be legible
Criteria for Judging Essays
Here are the judging critera (PDF). The student section of our website also lists these criteria.
A selection committee of Éducaloi employees will read all the essays and choose the best ones to move on to the final selection.
A jury composed of lawyers from Éducaloi and a member of Éducaloi's board of directors will choose the winning texts from among the pre-selected essays.
For 2014-2015, the first prize is an iPad. The second prize is $150 in cash.
The prizes cannot be changed or transferred and must be accepted as is.
By participating in the contest, students agree to have their names and essays made public and reproduced by Éducaloi.
Éducaloi is not in any way responsible if it cannot go ahead with the contest.
Éducaloi reserves the right to cancel the contest due to a lack of participants.
Participants agree to respect the rules.
Participants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will be disqualified.
For the purposes of these rules and the contest, “participant” means a student whose name appears on the registration form and who is the author of the essay.
Decisions of the selection committees are final and cannot be challenged.