President Chakwera awards youth essay and arts competition winners
Malawi’s President, His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, on Thursday, August 27, 2020 officially presented awards and prizes to winners in the youth essay and arts competition which the National Planning Commission organised as one means of soliciting contributions from youths towards the development of the next long-term development vision for Malawi.
President Chakwera presented the awards and posed with the winners for photos at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe immediately after officially opening the National Development Conference which brought together various stakeholders to discuss the emerging National Transformation 2063, the envisioned successor to Vision 2020.
The winners included 12 year-old Talandira Kubalasa, a Standard 8 girl from Likuni Primary School in Lilongwe who won the primary school essay category, 13 year-old Jacquiline Salatiel, a Form One young lady from Mary Mount Secondary School in Mzuzu who scooped first position in the secondary school essay category, 21 year-old Joseph Katsala, a fourth year agricultural economics student at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources who topped the tertiary essay category, and 17 year-old Shameemah Morta, a 2nd year architecture student at the Polytechnic of the University of Malawi, who triumphed in the arts category.
Also awarded in a special way was 10 year-old Nathan Mumba,a Standard 6 pupil at Mkwichi Primary School in Lilongwe who was recognized for excelling in a category which was open to entrants of all ages and emerging third in the category, despite his tender age. Nathan was also one of the two youngest among the 12 top three winners in all the four categories of the competition.
Worth noting also was the dominance of girls who scooped three out of four first positions of the four categories, in addition to claiming six of the 12 top three winners spots in the competition.
The ‘My Future, Our Future Youth Essay and Arts Competition’ was run from 25th May to 19th June 2020 and offered young Malawians a special opportunity to contribute their ideas towards the next vision for Malawi.
NPC collaborated with the National Youth Council of Malawi, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, the USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) and Seed-Co in running
the competition which received overwhelming response among youths from all parts of the country.
The contest targeted school-going Malawians aged 10 to 25 who were invited through radio, TV, newspapers and social media to submit entries into the competition.
Three winners from each of the categories were identified following rigorous assessment which involved primary and secondary school teachers, college lecturers, youth representatives, artists, journalists as well as representatives from NPC and partner institutions.
The other seven winners in the competition were Mtende Ngwira, 11, in Standard 6 at Mkwichi Primary School in Lilongwe and 10-year-old Megan Chiwaula in Standard 4 at Chesa Private Primary School in Zomba who were number two and three in the primary school essay category respectively.
On second position in the secondary school essay group was ShareefahMorta, 14, in Form 4 at Dedza Islamic Girls Secondary, who was trailed by 14-year-old Anthony Mlepo, a Form 3 learner at SOS Secondary School in Lilongwe. Naeema Dudha, 19, and in first year at Malawi Assemblies of God University in Lilongwe, was the first runner-up in the tertiary level essay category, followed by 22-year-old University of Malawi – The Polytechnic year-one banking and finance student Oliheya Nyoni on number three. Keneth Kubalasa, 25, and in year two at Don Bosco Technical College, was the first runner up in the arts contest.