Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone and the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education (MBSSE), yesterday, at the Sierra Palms Hotel Conference Hall, celebrated the achievements of young minds in this year’s national essay contest themed “How do you see yourself contributing to Sierra Leone’s Development by the year 2023?”
Out of 48 pupils from 16 schools nationwide, the top five writers were recognized, with Mohamed Tiffa of St. Steven Technical and Vocational Senior Secondary School, Pujehun, securing the 1st place. Each of them were awarded certificates and computers.
In her statement, Madam Elissa Tesseli, representing the EU, expressed pride in hosting the event, emphasizing the importance of education in fostering partnerships between Sierra Leone and the EU.
Madam Tesseli stated, “Education is one of the main priorities in developing the partnership between Sierra Leone and the EU.” She highlighted the essay competition as an opportunity for pupils to reflect on their contribution to the country’s future, viewing it as a window of opportunity and hope for the next generation.
Madam Francess Kamara, a representative of MBSSE, commended the uniqueness of the competition, where participants wrote their essays in the presence of supervisors.
Chief Judge Madam Elizabeth Kamara thanked the organizers and shed light on the judging criteria, focusing on content, effective use of the English language, and the practicality of ideas presented in the essays.
“I recommend that the organizers make some of the key contributions available to the authorities to work on them,” said the chief judge.
During an interview with Awoko, the 1st place winner, Tiffa, expressed joy and belief that his essay on educational skill development, healthcare, economic growth, entrepreneurship, and government efficiency would contribute to broader conversations on these topics. Tiffa encouraged his peers not to underestimate themselves and to strive for future recognition.
The award ceremony was not only a recognition of talent but also an occasion to distribute school items, including rulers, bells, and whiteboards, to all participating schools, reinforcing the commitment to enhancing education quality and access in Sierra Leone. PSN/13/12/2023