Six secondary students have been awarded for their water-wise awareness by the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Last year, secondary students Jackson, Kelvin and Nickson successfully employed their artistic skills to demonstrate “Why water is a precious resource in Southern Africa beyond 2015”.
Sixteen-year-old Jackson used warm colours and realistic representations to take out the top spot in Tanzania, 17-year-old Kelvin’s bright and imaginative effort was awarded second and sixteen-year-old Nickson’s well thought-out and nicely captured entry rounded out the national top 3 illustration category.
And there was more good news.
Wordsmiths Jesca (18 years old, second place), 17-year-old Vedastor (third place) and 15-year-old Edgar (fourth place) were also awarded top places in the competition’s national essay writing category.
They were up against youths 15 to 18 years from schools, tertiary institutions, NGOs, or associates across Africa, with the competition jointly organized by the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) and SADC.
“The competition encourages youth to have a closer look at the water situation in their countries and to reflect on what “effective water management” means to them,” a competition spokesman said.
“It’s deigned to motivate young people to think about a vision for water post 2015 that would meet the needs of their countries and the region. By entering, participants will learn and share about effective water management in their countries and region and how they can play a role in its protection.”
Congratulations Jackson, Kelvin, Nickson, Jesca, Vedastor and Edgar!