Learners between Grade 1 and 12 are invited to become part of the fight against poverty, as declared by President Hage Geingob. They can do this by taking part in the National Drawing and Essay Competition.
The drawing or artwork competition is only open to primary school learners, both at junior and senior level, while the essay competition is open to secondary school learners, both at junior and senior level, to help them develop critical thinking and research skills.
The competition, under the theme, ‘Youth and Poverty Reduction’ was initiated by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, as part of the United Nations’ (UN) 70th anniversary celebrations, slated for October 23.
“This national competition will help learners master basic research skills, such as finding credible sources, summarising relevant research and synthesising data. To research an argumentative essay also ensures that learners learn plenty about the subject matter,” says Anthea Basson, the information officer at the UNIC.
She adds that the competition will proudly present a unique opportunity for learners with disabilities to exhibit their artwork as well. Two winning drawings will be displayed at the official UN Day event at the University of Namibia’s School of Medicine.
Basson adds that the theme was selected to build on Namibia 25 years anniversary celebration and to strengthen advocacy efforts in support of Dr Hage Geingob’s war on poverty.
“The panel of judges will select three winners for each category during the final of the competition, who will each receive a certificate, as well as a monetary prize for their schools. The two winning essays and the two winning artworks will be presented during a ceremony in Windhoek during the celebrations and published on UN websites and in national daily newspapers,” says Basson.
Those interested in the competition should focus on topics, such as what does the future of Namibia look like? What do they think are the most important factors contributing to youth unemployment? What is the role of children and young people in addressing social challenges and what are the other possible solutions?
The essay should be submitted in English and must be between 700 to 1000 words long (for senior secondary learners) and 500 to 700 words for junior secondary school learners.
Drawings from primary school learners will be accepted in any medium (paint, pencils and pastels). All the works submitted must be the learner’s original ideas and unpublished. Learners should submit their works before October 5.