¡Do not cancel the EF Challenge 2021! | PETITION

¡Do not cancel the EF Challenge 2021! | PETITION

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Alejandro Guillín started this petition to EF Education First

The EF Challenge is an international public speaking competition that gives young people a platform to speak out about global issues. Winners of the competition travel for a week to New York to participate in the EF Youth Leadership Forum.

We have just learned that the EF Challenge 2021 was cancelled due to the continuing pandemic, they argue that for most countries it would not be possible to travel to New York this year. However, we are looking for EF to make another decision, considering all the time and effort that hundreds of students from around the world have put in to participate in the competition.

The deadline to participate was May 15, but EF announced the cancellation just 10 days before the deadline (May 5). There are currently over +220 videos posted on YouTube of young people from all over the world participating in the contest, and who have been discouraged by its cancellation.

We fully understand the complications due to the current global situation, but we propose that the contest continue to stand and that the prizes be postponed to next year. We would be happy to wait until the end of pandemic to travel.

It is to be noted that EF is doing something very nice for the young generation with this kind of contests, giving joy and enriching experiences for many teenagers, so we do not believe that because of the difficulties they will not be able to find a better solution. 

We cordially ask EF to consider the proposal, because we are hundreds of students who have spent months preparing our video, and we want to have the opportunity to at least be taken into account.

Thank you.

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