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NPC announces winners in essay and arts contest

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National Planning Commission (NPC) has announced winners in the ‘My Future, Our Future’ youth Essay and Arts competition held from May 25 to June 19 2020.

The competition offered young Malawians an opportunity to contribute ideas towards the development of the National Transformation 2063, the successor to Vision 2020.

The contest targeted school going youth aged 10 to 25 to compete in four categories of primary, secondary, tertiary and art.

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The winners in the primary category are Talandira Kubalasa, 12 years, a standard eight student from Likuni Girls in Lilongwe, who scooped position one followed by 11- year old Mtende Ngwira from Mkwichi in Lilongwe and 10- year old Megan Chiwawula from Chesa Private in Zomba.

In the secondary category, the winners are 13-year old Jacquiline Salatie from Marymount Girls in Mzuzu, who came first with Shareefah Morta, 14, from Dedza Islamic and 14-year old Anthony Mlepo from SOS in Lilongwe coming second and third.

The tertiary category saw Joseph Katsala, 21, from Luanar in Lilongwe coming first followed by Naeema Dudha from Magu in Lilongwe and Oliheya Nyoni, 22, from The Polytechnic in Blantyre on third.

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In the Arts category, Shameemah Morta, 17, from The Polytechnic in Blantyre came first followed by Kenneth Kubalasa from Don Bosco in Lilongwe on second with Nathan Mumba, 10, from Mkwichi Primary in Lilongwe on third.

NPC Communication Specialist Thom Khanje congratulated the winners.

Khanje said 1,350 entries were received and assessed for relevance, articulation, creativity and uniqueness to come up with the winners.

He further said that four different independent panels of judges comprising teachers and experts in different fields assessed entries in each of the four categories.

“With support from our partners Unicef, World Bank, Usaid, National Youth Council and SeedCo, we are arranging appropriate and befitting prizes of all the winners and their runners up and these will include school supplies, e-learning gadgets and cash to support their other educational needs,” Khanje said.

He said they expect the prize presentation ceremony to take place towards the end of August 2020.

Despite the competition being a one-off, Khanje, said they will continue engaging the youth and other sections of the society on the envisioned Vision 2063 and other national development plans through various means including essay and art contest.

“With Malawi being a youthful nation, it is only proper that the youth have a bigger say towards the country’s future,” he said.

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