Sunday, November 8, 2009

FUSE Marks 15th Year with Essay Writing Contest

The Foundation for Upgrading the Standard of Education (FUSE) is holding an essay-writing contest with the theme, “FUSE: Igniting my Passion for Teaching”, as part of the nonprofit organization’s forthcoming 15th anniversary celebration in December.

“The contest, the first-ever for FUSE, aims to encourage teaches to share their experiences on how the Foundation helped hone and enrich their teaching skills and how the group’s founders inspired them” explained FUSE President and Rep. Salvador Escudero III.

The contest is open to all elementary, high school, and college levels teachers who have been trained in the use of FUSE teaching materials. Interested participants are required to register at

Contestants must write an essay in English, with a length of two to four pages, or 700 to 1,000 words relating how FUSE helped them become a better teacher or instructor/lecturer. Entries must be endorsed and certified original by the school principal.

Each essay may or may not have its own title. It must carry the complete name, home and school address and contact numbers of the contestant. Entries must be saved and submitted as an MS Word document or Rich Text Format and should follow standard essay format (double-spaced, 8.5” x 11”, one inch margins, Times New Roman or Book Antiqua, 12pts.). The contestant’s name must not appear on any of the essay’s page.

Participants may submit via email at or send via snail mail (FUSE@15 Essay Writing Contest, 12A Pearl of the Orient Town Condominium, 1240 Roxas Blvd., Ermita, Manila).

Deadline for the submission of entries is on November 15, 2009.

The entries will be classified under four clusters: National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Five finalists will be chosen from each cluster and the top three winners picked from the 20 finalists. The top three winners, to be chosen by a board of judges, will get a bus or airfare and hotel accommodations for the awarding ceremony, slated on the FUSE anniversary rites.

The winning entry will receive P15, 000.00; 2nd place, P12, 500.00, and 3rd place, P10, 000.00. The 17 finalists will receive consolation prizes.

For more information, contact FUSE at (632)567-1072, 567-3784, 567-2597, email or visit the contest website at


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