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Yoam to extend writing contest to primary schools

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By Grecium Gama, contrib­utor

Young Writers Association of Malawi (Yoam) has taken a huge step in promoting writing among students as it intends to extend its writing competition to primary schools.

The association’s co-founder, who is also a student at Mzuzu University, Gift Kaiwe said they want to unearth writing talents from all levels of education in the country.

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Kaiwe said they were worried that the spirit of reading was no longer there amongst learners both in rural and urban areas.

“Through the competition, we want to instill the spirit of reading. We have observed that most students face challenges when they reach tertiary level as some even hire people to write essays for them,” he said.

Kaiwe asked well-wishers to support the organisation, which is in dire need of funds to reach out to learners in the country with the competition.

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“If all goes according to plan, this year we are planning to reach out to about 3,000 learners in primary schools and we also want to publish some of their work,” he said.

Yoam is a newly registered organisation which aims at enriching young people with writing skills as part of growing the creative industry.

Malawi Writers Union Publicity Secretary Foster Benjamin has since hailed Yoam for the move, saying it would help shape the young writers.

“We need more competitions in our schools if we are to unearth more writers in the country. Competitions motivate and, so, we hope more players will come out and support writing in the country,” Benjamin said.

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