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RESPECT 2011-12 Poster Contest

RESPECT (Refugee Education Sponsorship Program - Enhancing Communities Together) is hosting an international poster contest! Students from all parts of the world, Azerbaijan to Canada, Japan to Zimbabwe, will be using their creativity and artistic talent to further RESPECT's mission of promoting awareness of refugee issues among non-refugee students.

Contest Theme

Finding Peace in War has been selected as the theme for this year's contest. The theme was chosen from the excellent suggestions we received. Send your questions to:

Winning Entries

Winners will be selected in several age categories among refugee and non-refugee students. Last year's contest had more than 150 participants, from China, Philippines, Thailand, and USA. We selected winners in the following categories.

  • Non-refugee 6-9 years-old
  • Non-refugee 10-11 years-old
  • Non-refugee 12-13 years-old
  • Non-refugee 14-18 years-old

As in years past, this year we are looking forward to selecting winners from among entries sent in by refugee students.

You can view last year's contest winners at


Each winner will receive a certificate.

Winning entries will be reproduced into postcards to be used in the first correspondence between refugee students and non-refugee students. All winners will be published in RESPECT International's official website, newsletters, and annual report.

Who's Eligible

All refugee and non-refugee primary and secondary school students up to age 18 are eligible to enter.

Entry Requirements

Size: The entry must be on paper no larger than US letter (8 1/2 inches by 11 inches) or International A4 (21.6 cm by 29.7 cm) size. Digital images, entries larger than this or 3D objects will NOT be accepted. Entries with more than one layer of paper are considered 3D.

Content: Entry content must be directly tied to the contest theme. We encourage students to include the contest theme in her/his content. The theme may be in the native language of the student.

Number of Entries: Only one entry per student is allowed. If we receive multiple entries for a student, NONE of entries will be accepted.

Students submitting entries must be associated with a school or organization (e.g., scouting group). A student who is homeschooled, must have a teacher or other homeschool representative submit their entry as the contact person. Entries submitted directly from a student will NOT be accepted.

Contact Person: Each set of entries from a school must include information for the school's contact person. We need a postal address so we can send any award certificates and an email address in case we have questions about any of the entries. The return address on the package does NOT fulfill this requirement.

The contact person will be subscribed to the RESPECT e-Zine if they are not already subscribed. Unsubscribe information is included in each issue of the e-Zine. If the contact person does not have access to email, please let us know by including a note with the entries.


  • Refugee Student Entries
  • Non-refugee Student Entries


All entries must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2012. Entries postmarked after April 1, 2012 will NOT be accepted. Winners will be announced some time in June or July, 2012.

How To Enter

Note: Please type or print your information clearly on the entry form. Securely attach the entry form to the back of the entry. Also, write the name of the entrant on the back of the entry in case the entry form comes loose. Illegible entries will be disqualified. This information will be reproduced exactly as submitted for selected entries.


There is NO entry fee for the contest. However, postage is the responsibility of the organization of the student(s) entering the contest. RESPECT will NOT accept postage due packages.

Each Entry

  • Send well-protected original piece(s). We strongly recommend securely wrapping the entries as international submission may arrive in damaged condition. You may submit entries as a class or as a school to save on postage.
  • On the back of each entry write the student's name (in case the entry form comes loose from the entry) and attach a completed entry form; or include following information on the back of the entry:
  1. Student's Full Name
  2. Student's Grade
  3. Student's Age
  4. Name of Contact Teacher
  5. Name of School, and location (e.g., Lux Middle School, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
  6. Message (100 words or less) Optional

Each Entry Package

Include multiple entries in each package. For instance, where feasible, include all entries for a class or school in a single package. For each package, please include the information below inside the package; the return address on the package does NOT fulfill this requirement.

  1. Full Name of the Contact
  2. Mailing Address and E-mail Address
  3. School Name and Mailing Address
  4. Total Number of Submissions

(Optional) If you wish, you may add a description of your entry in 100 words or less on the back as well. This additional information will help the judges during the selection process.

Mail entries to:


Other Information You Need To Know

  • RESPECT assumes all entries are ORIGINAL and are the work and property of the entrant, with all rights therein. RESPECT is NOT liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant.
  • RESPECT reserves the right to resize and crop entries to fit in US postcard (4.25 in by 5.5 in; 10.8 cm by 14.0 cm) and International A6 (10.5 cm by 14.8 cm; 4.125 in by 5.875 in) formats.
  • RESPECT reserves the right to re-categorize the entries, to create new categories and to eliminate categories, as needed.
  • Entrants grant RESPECT the right use the entries as we see fit. Including but not limited to, reproducing entries as postcards, in annuals, newsletters, and on our official website. Sales of these items can be used to support RESPECT's mission of educating students about refugee issues.
  • RESPECT reserves the right to make any other changes necessary to allow the entries to be printed, displayed, or otherwise viewed in print or online.
  • RESPECT will notify the contact person for each winner by e-mail after judging is completed. No entries will be returned.


If you have any questions regarding the contest, please feel free to contact us at: For more information about RESPECT, contact Marc Schaeffer.

What is RESPECT?

RESPECT is a non-profit human rights organization committed to taking actions and raising awareness on refugee issues. We are an ever-growing network of educators, youth and activists in international community working together to build bridges between refugee youth and youth around the world. Our main three goals are:

  1. To build awareness of refugee issues among youth around the world.
  2. To connect international youth to refugee youth by pen pal letter exchange.
  3. To encourage young people to organize events to raise awareness of refugee issues amongst their peers and to raise funds for their sponsored refugee school.

Join Us!

We offer various projects and programs for both refugee students and non-refugee students. Please check out other parts of our website for more information on how we can work together. Here are some examples:

  • Pen Pal Exchange Refugee students and non-refugee students exchange letters to personally connect with each other, learn about each other and further understand each other's situations.
  • Translation RESPECT program has been translated into various languages including French, Spanish, and Italian by volunteers. Translations of this website are published and used to make RESPECT more accessible for non-English speakers. Please contact us if you can help to translate RESPECT into your local language.
  • Your Stories: RESPECT is seeking submission of your experience to be placed on our website and/or in our publications. Nothing is more powerful than real people telling the real stories that happened to them and we hope to expose international youth to refugee experiences through your stories. We look forward to your participation!
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