GEM Report: Cartoon Contest 2021/22


The GEM Report launched a cartoon competition in partnership with the Cartoon movement, a global platform for editorial cartoon and comic book journalism with a community of over 500 cartoonists in over 80 countries. The GEM Report team has been working for several years with press cartoonists to illustrate the various subjects analyzed in its annual publications, including with winner Toby Morris from New Zealand, political cartoonist Gado from Tanzania and Anne Derenne of France.

Considered by the team as a stimulating communication tool, the cartoons are commissioned as an original means of disentangling the multiple themes of each annual report. Competitionon focuses on the theme of the next GEM Report 2021/2 covering the role, influence, benefits and concerns of non-state actors in education. The competition is to create the best cartoon description of the problems related to the choice of school and the impact of non-state actors on access, equity and quality of education. The winning submission will receive $ 500.

The brief

They invite to submit original cartoons that capture the different opinions on the choice of school.

Ideally, the choice would motivate healthy competition. Given the information and options, parents might voice concerns, lobby for improvements, or move to other schools. Choice and its effects could improve the functioning of schools and systems, encourage innovation and translate into better student outcomes and parental satisfaction. Overall, a wide variety of factors are important in the choices parents make, including the quality and academic performance of the school, the quality of the teachers, as well as the location and safety, an active school climate and friendly for children. While some of these characteristics are specific to schools, most of them overlap with educational and societal dimensions.

However, the reality of competition in education is often far from these ideal scenarios. The main criticism of market-oriented policies is that education is incompatible with market assumptions in the first place. In addition, critics believe that the choice of school benefits richer schools, families and communities, which increases inequalities. Poorer parents may lack choice, have a limited voice, and have limited access to information. When education is not free, financial constraints can affect the ability to choose schools, even though vouchers provide funds to some families to help them overcome these constraints to choose schools more freely. Ultimately, parents make interconnected decisions to determine which choices are feasible – based on the information available, but primarily via shortcuts to decision making such as social media, school demographics or indexes. visuals of school infrastructure.

How your cartoon will be used

If selected, your cartoon will be used in the Global Education Monitoring Report 2021/2 and associated communication products, including, but not limited to, multilingual versions, summary versions, flyers, event invitations, banners (web and print), posters and a host. other communication media.

Who can enter?

Everyone is eligible to participate in the contest. Competitors may submit more than one entry, but no more than 3 per designer.


After the competition closes at 11:59 p.m. on July 30, 2021 (Paris time), qualifying drawings will be judged on adherence to the competition challenge through the clarity of its message, composition and overall presentation. UNESCO GEM REPORT will post the cartoons on Facebook for a public vote, after which a GEM Report panel will review the cartoons with the most votes and make a decision.

The winning images will be announced on GEM Report’s blog and social media accounts by September 2021.

Additional links:


Comments are closed.