Kasoma Africa 2017 Essay Writing Competition

The Global Foundation of Public Speaking, an organization that grooms effective communication skills, develops self-directed learners and builds the capacity of students in all public speaking centered activities is, in partnership with Kasoma Africa, organising an essay writing competition for Zimbabwean students.

As they seek to improve the learning environment of students from the ages of 6 to 25 and ensure they are able to use what they learn to be globally competitive professionals, it is their strong belief that “The power of Life and Death lies in the tongue”

Currently the Foundation is administering a Debate League which falls under the Advocacy Programme. This Debate League currently constitutes twelve (12) schools both Private and government schools. The Foundation is also administering a parallel Quiz League which falls under the Academic Support Programme. All in all the Foundations two Programmes are working with Schools such as: Heritage High School, Goromonzi High School, The Dominican Convent, St Johns Emerald High School, Peter House Boys, Peter House Girls, Watershed College, Eaglesvale High School, Marist Kutama College, Liebenberg High school, Waddilove High School, Alexendar Institute of Education, Mutoko High School, Murehwa High school, Nagle House, Rakodzi High School and Monte Cassino.

Kasoma Africa is an authentic, online publishing platform. For centuries and decades Africa has been portrayed as a “dark continent” manifested with poverty, disease and failure in general. The Kasoma Africa Platform seeks to demystify this myth by inviting young people to tell the untold success stories of Africa, whilst at the same time encouraging other young people and the general people to read/view and share these great stories

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In 2017 the Global Foundation of Public Speaking (GFPS) in Partnership with Kasoma Africa will introduce the first edition of the Kasoma Africa-GFPS Annual Essay Writing Competition. The competition is designed to encourage storytelling amongst Zimbabwean students to enable them to tell their everyday stories to the rest of the world.

To enter the competition, dubbed, “Tell your African story” all you have to do is choose one of the following options

•Write about what you experienced today living in Zimbabwe;

•OR tell a childhood story that highlights what it is like to be raised in Africa/Zimbabwe;

•OR tell a story about anything unique to Zimbabwe;

•OR write an opinion-based story about past or current affairs;

•OR write about a recent or upcoming event of particular interest in Zimbabwe/Africa.

Each submitted story will be judged on whether it gives someone an idea of what it feels like to live in Zimbabwe and a true reflection of everyday life in Zimbabwe or lifestyle of a Zimbabwean.

Winning entries should:

•Be in between 300 and 450 words in length.

•Be an African story about: what the writer has experienced based on living in Zimbabwe; OR a childhood story that highlights what it is like to be raised in Africa; OR a story about anything unique to Zimbabwe; OR an opinion-based story about past or current affairs; OR a recent or upcoming event of particular interest.

•Demonstrate a unique aspect of living in Zimbabwe or being a Zimbabwean.

•Be captivating and leave a lingering/nostalgic feeling amongst adjudicators.

Participants stand to win a Huawei Media Pad T170 or A Journal and an 8-Gig Flash drive.

To submit Your Story; Visit the following website/platform: www.kasomafrica.com , click on ‘I want to tell my African story’ on home page, choose to create an account using either: Facebook or Twitter login details as instructed OR; Email account and any password you would like.

Shortlisted Winners will be individually notified of the results by email on the last day of each month (Short-listed stories submitted in March will be published in the Sunday Mail in April 2017, stories shortlisted in April 2017 will be published in May 2017)

Students, YOU CAN SEND YOUR ARTICLES THROUGH E-MAIL, FACEBOOK, WHATSAPP or TEXT Just app Charles Mushinga on 0772936678 or send your articles, pictures, poetry, art . . . to Charles Mushinga at [email protected] or [email protected] or follow Charles Mushinga on Facebook or @charlesmushinga on Twitter. You can also post articles to The Sunday Mail Bridge, PO Box 396, Harare or call 0772936678.

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