MACRA today presented prizes to three winning students in the 2020 International Letter Writing Competition for Young People.
This is an annual competition organized by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a United Nations body with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and this year’s theme was “Write a message to an adult about the world we live in”.
A form four student at St Andrews Mission Secondary School in Mulanje Florence Mlenga came first and went away with a cash prize of K500, 000. On second position is Tinashe Mphalare a form two student at Tione Private Secondary School in Blantyre and he went away with a cash prize of K300, 000 while another form two student from Target Private Secondary School in Blantyre Evance Kazunguza came third and went away with a cash prize of K200, 000.00.
All the students also went away with laptops and laptop bags and their schools went away with a desktop and a printer.
Speaking at the ceremony, Principal Secretary for Education Mrs. Chikondano Mussa said the competition was thought provoking and ideal for our children who are experiencing so many developments both good and bad.
“In order for the children to come up with their letters they had to look around them and look at different aspects of life affecting them. They also had to choose the right vocabulary that perfectly described their world,” she said.
On his part MACRA’s Director General Henry Shamu said the competition was an excellent way of making young people aware of the important role postal services play in the societies.
Over 200 students across the country participated in the competition.