Kenya Climate Change Essay Winners Announced
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Learners Feted in the Kenya Climate Change Art and Essay Competition

The award ceremony to the first edition of the Kenya Arts and Essay Competition was held at the Kenya Meteorological Department Headquarters in Nairobi on the 11th of October 2018. It comes days after the completion of the judging process to the hundreds of essay, drawings, and painting that had been submitted by most of the primary and secondary schools in Nairobi county on climate change.

It was all pomp and color at the event graced by officials from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Environment and representatives from USAID, UNDP, and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) project. The Keynote speaker was the Chief Administrative Officer, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Elmi Mohammed who was appearing on behalf of Cs, Keriako Tobiko and who had earlier launched the exercise on the 1st of August in Kilimani Primary School.

Mr. Mohammed lauded efforts by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development on factoring and incorporating Climate Change in the new competency-based curriculum that is set to phase out the old curriculum and confirmed that the exercise would be rolled out in all the other 46 counties.

Also in attendance was the new Ministry of Environment Permanent Secretary Mr. Ali Noor Ismail who noted with great concern that climate change if not well addressed would be a barrier to achieving most of the Kenyan goals. Adding that children are instrumental in conveying information and stressed on their importance as agents of change in society.

The Ministry of Education was represented by Fidelis Nakuhlo the Deputy Director, Ministry of Education standing in for Education Permanent secretary Belio Kipsang.

In his address, he urged the learners to further the campaign and not limit themselves to essay writing and drawings but also practice the campaign message in their day to day actions far and beyond their academic lives.

This year’s theme was: Climate Change: Dream, Express, Act! The Kiswahili translation is Ota, Jieleze, Tenda aimed at enabling learners, uniquely including those with special needs, present their understanding and interpretation of climate change through creative works.

A total of 112 schools both primary and secondary participated in this year’s Kenya climate change Art and Essay competition within Nairobi county marking a great start to the first of the kind competition in the country.

The competition was open to learners from ages 6 to 19 years in Public, Private and APBET primary and secondary schools as well as learners with special needs.

The participants had been tasked to either come up with creative essays or artwork on climate change. The Kenya climate change art and essay competition team received 3900 legible entries for judging. 55% of them represented girls while 45% were boys. 841 entries did not meet the criteria of the terms and conditions set hence were disqualified.

The judging of the entries was done and over 150 winners selected in 4 learner categories: 6-11 years, 12-14years, 15-19 years and the special needs learners for painting, drawing, and essay (English and Swahili) writing. The bench comprised of teachers, artist, and special needs professionals.

It was all smiles for the winners in each category as they were awarded laptops, tablets, and school stationery. The others were not left out as each participant received a certificate of participation and walked away with an eco-friendly bag and a plastic water bottle.

The school with the highest number of entries in the 6-11-year category was Olympic Primary School, 12-14 was Kilimani primary, 15-19 Starehe Boys and for the special needs category Mbagathi primary who were all praised for their awareness and contributions towards climate change.

The competition is set to be held annually and rolled out in all the 47 counties. With a solid aim of empowering learners to find creative solutions and provide a unique opportunity to listen and act on learners’ perspective on climate change


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