Starting in 2013, the Gandhian Forum for Peace and Justice has invited public high school students in the city of Paterson to participate in a peace and justice writing contest. The contest provides high school students an opportunity to reflect on important contemporary social problems and offer their solutions. The winners then share their reflections in a public setting.
Students are asked to submit an essay of not more than 1,500 words on one of three topics:
- Choose some international conflict. Describe the conflict and propose a peaceful solution. Explain why your solution would be just and achievable.
- Choose a country in which some social injustice is occurring. Describe the problem and propose a solution. Explain why your solution would be just and achievable.
- Choose some situation in the United States— whether in your local community, New Jersey, or nationwide—where citizens are experiencing social injustice. Describe the problem and propose a solution. Explain why your solution would be just and achievable.
Submissions are judged in two categories: 1) 9th and 10th graders, and 2) 11th and 12th graders.
Within each category, three winning essays are selected (and, at the discretion of the judges, an honorable mention as well). The winning essays are read at a dinner at William Paterson University in June.