4th July 1997 at 01:00

Christian Aid, as part of its focus on India, 50 years after Independence, and its campaign to end child labour within the continent, is challenging seven to 14-year-olds in three age groups to design a carpet by July 31 (thousands of young children work in the Indian carpet industry in cramped and unhealthy conditions for little or no pay). The winning designs will be made up into carpets by a manufacturer in India who does not employ children, and be given as a prize to the winning school or group. Free pack from: Schools and Youth, Christian Aid, PO Box 100, London SE1 7RT.


To mark the golden jubilee of Indian Independence, the Council for Education in World Citizenship, with the Indian High Commission, is inviting students aged 16 to 18 to submit essays of up to 1,500 words on "The influence of India on our daily lives", closing date October 1. The six first prizes will be two weeks in India as guests of the Indian High Commission. For details send SAE to CEWC, Weddel House, 13 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9HY.


Leaders of the automation technology industry, FESTO, and The Engineer are challenging engineering students to demonstrate their creativity and practicality in the design and manufacture of a particular product. Previous projects have ranged from a device to simplify the laying of paving slabs to the redesign of a jet liner. Closing date: August 1. First prize is an all-expenses trip to Esslingen, Germany, for a "behind the scenes" tour of FESTO's research and development department. Details: Jerry Knight, 01252 775000; or http:\\www.festo.DE EYEWITNESS YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER AWARDS Dorling Kindersley Publishers and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are inviting entries from young people in two age categories (under 12 and 12 to 17) on the themes: animals around us, animals in motion and looking at wildlife. Closing date: August 29. Chris Packham, television presenter and wildlife photographer, is on the panel of judges. Prizes include Olympus cameras, up to Pounds 250 in cash, videos and CD-Roms, and a set of Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Guides worth more than Pounds 600. Details: 0171 753 3598

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