3rd March 1995 at 00:00

Development charity, Harvest Help, is inviting groups of sixth-formers to raise funds for its projects in Zambia between now and April 30 and submit an illustrated file documenting their efforts by May 20. The group with the most appropriate, innovative approach will win a two-week trip to see Harvest Help's development work in Zambia. An information pack containing a video, Sowing the Seeds of Self-Reliance, will be sent on receipt of the Pounds 10 registration fee. Details: 0952 260699.

BARCLAYS YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR Sight Savers International is inviting eight to 11-year-olds and 12 to 16-year-olds to research and write an article by March 31 examining some aspect of the integration of blind and partially-sighted children in mainstream schools. Senior first prize is an all-expenses paid trip with accompanying adult to Africa or South Asia; junior first prize is an Apple Mac computer. There are second and third prizes of camcorders and portable personal computers. Entry packs from: Wilma van Berkel, 0444 412424.

PRUDENTIAL YOUTH ACTION AWARDS Crime Concern is inviting youth groups aged 11-13, 14-16 and 16 and over to work together to prevent drug misuse or vandalism and graffiti. The best projects will win Pounds 1,000. Closing date: March 31. Application forms and details on how to set up a Youth Action Group from: 0793 514596.

WRITE AN ESSAY ON THE HOLOCAUST To mark the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, 15 to 18-year-olds are invited to write and submit by March 31 an essay of up to 2,500 words on the Holocaust. Details from the Wiener Library, 071 636 7247, which is assisting the contest organisers, Simon Wiesenthal Centre, Paris and Centre of Information, Brussels, under the auspices of the European Parliament president and UNESCO's general director.

ROYAL MAIL YOUNG LETTER WRITERS COMPETITION Young people in four age groups between four and 16 are invited to write "letters of change" in which they can change anything they like - clothes, their mind, the world, even the course of history. Closing date: April 7. Every entrant receives a gift and the chance to win a cash prize up to Pounds 400 and a camcorder for their school. Details: Royal Mail Young Letter Writers, FREEPOST 59, 62 Riverside, Rochester, Kent ME2 4BR.

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