Make Girls Count by ONE

Make Girls Count 2018 Essay Competition by ONE

Tell ONE your big idea to Make Girls Count and you could be sharing it with African leaders!

130 million girls around the world are being denied an education — and 53 million of them are right here in Africa. Without an education, no child can reach their full potential. This has to change.

Young people will shape the future of the continent, so they’re asking 18-35-year-olds to share their best ideas for how African leaders can make sure all girls count.

  • How do we get every girl into school and learning?
  • How do we make sure girls don’t face violence at home, in school or on the street?
  • How do we enable girls to become the engineers, entrepreneurs and political leaders of tomorrow?

Share your idea to make girls count, and you could be joining the ONE team at the AU Summit in January 2018, in Addis Ababa. ONE will be short-listing their finalists there, and the public will vote to decide the winner. Finalists will each received a hamper of ONE merchandise.

Make Girls Count Essay Eligibility

Entrant essays may not exceed 500 words. If any essay exceeds the maximum word count described herein, it will be disqualified at the sole and absolute discretion of ONE.

Eligible Entrants: Entrants must:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35 years;
  • Be currently living in Africa and citizens or permanent resident of the African country in which they live;
  • Submit an essay according to these Rules;
  • Submit an original piece of writing answering the question posed in paragraph 1 above; and,
  • Have a valid passport or international travel document.


  • There is one (1) method of obtaining an entry. Each entrant is allowed only one entry. By entering, you are agreeing to these rules (Make Girls Count competition “Rules”).
  • Methods of entry: Entrants must fill out and submit the information as required through the competition website. To enter the competition, eligible persons as defined in these Rules must (a) go to the contest website; (b) Complete the required fields on the contest website; and, (c) submit the entry. ONE is not responsible for any interruption in services that prevent you from entering the contest or completing the necessary information on the contest website.

Judging Criteria

  • Ability to articulate the challenge; and,
  • Ability to share possible solutions to the challenges they face.

Competition Prizes (prizes are non-transferrable)


Winners for Make Girls Count may be contacted for editorial coverage by ONE and agree to participate in any media interviews facilitated by ONE.

  • Winner(s) will be required to participate in a prize fulfillment process and sign documentation, such as a release, within the time frame specified by ONE, as will be more fully detailed when Winner(s) is notified.
  • Winner(s) agree to make themselves available for publicity purposes relating to the competition, the AU Summit and may be called upon to become ONE Pan-African Champions during the course of 2018 through supporting ONE’s actions across the African continent.
  • The Winner(s) will join ONE to share their big idea directly with African leaders/decision makers at an event organized by the African Union. Winner(s) eligibility is dependent on her/his adherence to these Rules;

Runner(s) up:

Runner(s) up will receive a package with ONE merchandise.

To Submit Your Make Girls Count Essay, Click Here

Deadline for entries is 17 November 2017.

For inquiries about Make Girls Count eligibility or other questions relating to the competition, please contact


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