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Joseph proudly showing his award

St Jude’s students are notching up more awards in national essay writing competitions. Recently, Form 3 student, Joseph came 2nd in the ‘Back to School Essay Writing Competition’, conducted by Shule Direct based in Dar es Salaam.

Joseph wrote an essay about sustainable tourism, looking at the importance of educating a community on environmental conservation and how tourism can help a community to take more action to protect the natural environment.

We are also very proud of Denis in Form 3, David in Form 2 and Ayubu and Victor in Form 4 who made it in the top 25 list.

Joseph received 400, 000 TSH and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet for his win. All 5 of the students are expected to go to Dar to claim their prizes.

Here's Joseph’s winning essay: 

Tourism

Do you like going on holidays? It is hard to find anyone who doesn’t. When someone goes on holidays and travels for recreation or learning and experience they become a tourist. Tourism is the temporary movement of people to destinations of their interest for pleasure or learning. There are two types of tourism, domestic and international tourism.

The topic of tourism caught my interest keenly with intentions to know more. The most interest was that, Tanzania is among countries with many tourist attractions. More than 44 percent of this land is covered with game reserves, national parks and other features. Moreover, Tanzania is the home to the famous roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Though tourism has positive and negative impacts, the demerits should not be overlooked but instead focus on the potential maintenance of sustainable tourism. This can be achieved by integrated approach that does minimum negative impacts to the natural environment.

According to my experience and the knowledge that I had obtained from this topic, I can use it to solve problems facing the community through a number of ways. I can educate the community on environmental conservation. The regular environment damage had led to the decrease and disappearance of plant and animal species. Activities such as poaching and forest burning leads to the destruction of natural environment which inhabits these species. The knowledge of tourism can help the community to increase the potential values to protect the natural environment.

To influence different cultures to participate in cultural tourism. So far some of the societies are involved, example; Maasai society, we can involve other societies with different cultures in order to extend the boundaries of tourism and marketing.

To emphasize the community about maintenance of peace and order. Such as avoiding civil wars and political instability which may be obstacles to the tourists and dwellers to move freely in the country. Therefore peace is the winning sprit of people to reach their destinations.

Through my ideas, I can influence the government to put strict laws to safeguard the environment and its inhabitants. Through these laws people can be aware and take precautions to outcomes of the law breakers. If these laws are implemented and adhered by the mass media we can be able to protect our resources for present and future generations.

In all, tourism being one of the biggest and fastest growing industry globally, its benefits and challenges keenly observed by the governments, affect the economic, socio-cultural, environmental and education resources. It has also brought about the creation of new jobs and revenue generated from foreign exchange, investments and payment of goods and services provided. It’s therefore the responsibility of each citizen to be committed in protecting the natural environment.

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