Cartoons for Education in Emergencies: a humorous/sarcastic look at Education in Emergencies

The Education in Emergencies Symposium, to be held on December 15 and 16 in Dakar, is an opportunity to raise awareness, rethink and promote the importance of education in emergency contexts. As part of the symposium, we propose to organize a satirical cartoon competition highlighting the challenges, problems and importance of the education sector in emergency situations. All works will be shared on the Symposium website; the best will be printed and exhibited at LomanArt and the top 3 will also be exhibited at FESTEF during the Symposium and will receive a symbolic prize. There will also be a Cartoon Competition activity on Friday evening, 15th DEC at LomanArt, the event's cultural partner. At this time, LomanArt will offer local drinks and have the restaurant open to the public.

Through our series of humorous cartoons, we hope to draw the public's attention to the crucial importance of education in emergency situations, as well as the challenges, issues and opportunities.

By stimulating interest and reflection, we hope to encourage decision-makers, those involved in education and the general public to pay greater attention to this issue. Our aim is to contribute to the Dakar Education in Emergencies Symposium by offering a creative and engaging perspective on this vital subject.

Contest themes :

The Cartoon competition will address the following themes, in line with the Symposium's focus on education in emergencies:

  1. the importance of the sector;
  2. critical views of the sector's reality;
  3. challenges and opportunities in the sector.

Competition objectives :

  • To raise awareness of the challenges/problems of education in emergency situations in an expressive and artistic way.
  • Promote critical reflection on Education in Emergency Situations.
  • Promote dialogue and exchange between participants, artists and other actors in education in emergency situations.

How to participate :

Participants must submit an original cartoon related to one of the contest themes.

  • Participants must submit their work via email eiesympdakar@gmail.com before NOV 27, 2023
  • The work must be accompanied by a written description of no more than 500 words explaining the message behind the cartoon.
  • Works must be in JPEG or PNG format and no larger than 5 MB.
  • Participants must submit an original cartoon related to Education in Emergencies: the importance of the sector; critical views on the reality of the sector; challenges and opportunities in the sector.
  • Works can be created by hand or digitally.
  • Participants must send a biography of the artist (max. 150 words) and a photo.
  • Anyone can enter the competition. Entrants may submit several drawings, but no more than three per designer.

Price :

The first three winners will be rewarded as follows:

First prize: CFA 200,000

Second prize: FCFA 65,000

Third prize: CFA 30,000

But that's not all! The exceptional works of the competition winners will be showcased at the Symposium on Education in Emergencies in Dakar, with an exhibition at LomanArt and FASTEF UCAD.

What's more, the best works will be published on the ESU Symposium website, and may be used in various publications and communication media related to education in emergencies.

Participants :

Anyone can enter the competition. Entrants may submit several drawings, but no more than three per designer.

  • Local and international cartoonists
  • Visual arts and animation students
  • Artists committed to humanitarian and social causes
  • Education professionals
  • Teachers and specialized educators
  • Students in education and social sciences
  • Illustrators and graphic designers
  • Communication and media students
  • Associations and organizations working in the field of education in emergency situations
  • Members of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in education and humanitarian aid
  • Representatives of governments and government agencies involved in education and humanitarian aid
  • Journalists and writers interested in education in emergency situations