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Schools’ essay competition for years 7 – 11 with a prize of £100 + a choice of special experience

Launched 25 October 2020. Deadline for entries 4 January 2021

The closure of schools by the Government as part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic meant that the competition did not proceed as we had expected.

The Executive Committee will consider whether to run the competition again once the pandemic is over.

The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester is holding an essay competition to honour the memory of Abdol Hossein Sardari.

The prize is £100 plus the choice of one of the following special experiences:

Below are more details about:

  1. Abdol Hossein Sardari
  2. The competition rules
  3. How to enter

Why the competition is named after Abdol Hossein Sardari

He was an Iranian diplomat who risked his career by disobeying orders to save the lives of many Jews during the Holocaust. See the video below.


The six-minute 2013 video above is “Iranian Schindler That Saved Jews is Celebrated at The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center.” It shows an event at the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Long Island, New York State, USA.

Interviewed are:


Wikipedia page about Abdol Hossein Sardari

BBC News website

2012 BBC News article “The 'Iranian Schindler' who saved Jews from the Nazis

The competition rules

Who can enter?

Children who attend a school in Greater Manchester.
Children who live in Greater Manchester, regardless of the location of  their school or whether they are home schooled.

Age range

Pupils in school years 7 – 11.

This corresponds to ages 11-16, but it is the school year that matters.

Essay title

“What makes people become perpetrators or rescuers in a conflict or genocide?”

The essay does not need to be about Abdol Hossein Sardari or the Holocaust specifically.

Format for essays

Essays must be typed and submitted in electronic form.

The file must be either a Microsoft Word file, or any other file format that can be read using the latest version of Microsoft Word.

No other file format will be accepted.

Maximum length

1,800 words, taking into account all words that are in the file.

Any essay exceeding 1,800 words will be rejected without being read.

Minimum length

There is no minimum length.

Judging arrangements

The essays will be judged by the Executive Committee of the Forum whose decision will be final.

Acknowledgement of entries

All entries will be acknowledged on receipt by the Forum.

Notification of winner

The winner will be notified via his or her school on or shortly after 1 February 2021.

Payment of monetary prize

The £100 prize will be paid to the winner via his or her school, either by a member of the Executive visiting the school in person, or electronically, as the school prefers.

Experience prize

In view of the current Coronavirus pandemic this special experience will only take place once it is safe to do so.

The winner can choose from one of the experiences, and the final date and time will be fixed by agreement.

Reproduction rights

By submitting an entry, you agree that if your entry wins, the Forum is authorised to publish your winning entry on its website, and to publish your name and the name of your school.

No other information will be disclosed publicly by the Forum.

How to enter

Send an email to with the file containing your essay attached and the information below.

Copy the following table into the body of your email and complete it. If the information is not complete, your entry may be rejected at the discretion of the Forum.

Your full name


Your school year


The name of your school class

NOTE This and other school related details are not required for pupils who are home schooled. In replacement, we need the full name, email address, and postal address of your parent or guardian.


Your school’s full name


Your school’s website URL


The name of a teacher at your school that the Forum can communicate with



The school email address of that teacher


if that is not available, then the school’s public email address


While everyone is eligible to enter, we need to know if you are related in any way to any of the Forum’s Executive committee, so that they can exclude themselves from judging.

The Executive are listed below.

Mohammed Amin
Heather Fletcher
Tahara Amin
David Lewis
Rabnawaz Akbar
David Berkley
Jackie Harrison
Naeem Ul-Hassan
Seamus Martin
June Rosen
Qaisra Shahraz

Use the box to give details of any relationship, or else confirm that you are not related to any of the Executive.




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