RGS and Financial Times School Essay Competition

Congratulations to Lily Hood (U6) for finishing first overall in the School Essay Competition jointly ran by The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and the Financial Times.

The competition asked students of Geography aged 16-18 to respond to the question ‘Is it better for the world to be wealthier or to be more equal?’

Though recent decades have seen a significant reduction in the proportion of the world’s population living in absolute poverty, there have been growing rates of inequality with one in 10 people in developing regions still living with their families below the international poverty line.

The four judges described Lily’s entry as ‘providing an excellent summary of the key issues and their complexities.  These included a consideration of what we mean by ‘better’ and that both increased wealth and reduced inequality can coexist.  It was a fluent and sophisticated essay.’

Lily and other highly commended students will be presented with their awards on 22 November as part of the prestigious School Members Lecture.


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