Tuesday 16 February 2016

Young Journalist of the Year 2015/ 2016 Competition Prize Giving Ceremony

The official award ceremony for all the winners of the fifth annual Young Journalist Competition (YJC), organised by the British Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research will be held on Thursday 18 February 2016 from 10 a.m to 12 p.m at the MITD Lecture Theatre, MITD House, Phoenix.

To celebrate students’ achievements, Mr Tris Bartlett, Country Director of the British Council and the Minister of  Education and Human Resources Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Honourable Mrs Leela Devi Dookun Luchoomun will address the audience on this occasion.  Prize-winners,  rectors  and  English  teachers  of  participating  schools  will  also attend the ceremony.

The British Council’s aim through this competition is to encourage young people to write creatively in the contemporary English language. The competition asked young people to tell us in 750 words: ‘‘What makes Shakespeare so great?’’.

The 2015/16 Young Journalist competition was run as part of the British Council and British High Commission’s Shakespeare Lives Programme.    We would be promoting the digital project, ‘Play Your Part’ and the ‘Shakespeare Photo Competition’ as part of the day’s celebration.

Mr Tris Bartlett says, ‘’The British Council was very impressed by the quality of entries in this year’s Young Journalist competition.  It was very hard for the judging panel, which consisted of representatives from the Ministry of Education, The English Speaking Union and the British Council, to settle on the winners.  Those 6 young people that have been selected as the zonal winners can be very proud of their exceptional essays.  Their schools can be very proud of them too.  The challenge for us all now is to build on their great work and find ways in which we can promote the English language more, as a language of creativity, poetry and global communication within this beautiful country.’’

The Young Journalist Competition encourages and supports young people and aspiring writers to:

●    Think and write creatively in English
●    Encourage them to explore the works of Shakespeare and his relevance today.
●    Add an international dimension their education and help them to be global citizens.

Notes to Editor

WINNERS

1.  The winners for this year are as below:

ZONE

SCHOOL

NAME

SURNAME

AGE

SENIOR CATEGORY

1

GMD Atchia State College

Marie TessaDelina

LALLJEE

17

2

Mahatma GandhiInsitute (MGI) Moka

Ashna

BHUDU

16

3

Imperial College

Avinash

DHONDOO

19

4

No winner

JUNIOR CATEGORY

1

MP Sharma Jugdambi SSS

Alize

MOUTOU

14

2

Le Bocage InternationalSchool

Elisha Shantel

GURANNA

15

3

No winner

4

Mahatma Gandhi Secondary School Solferino

Dina

DEWNARAIN

15

 

 The national winners are:

Seniorcategory:      Marie TessaDelinaLALLJEE,GMD Atchia State College

Juniorcategory:       ElishaShantel GURANNA,LeBocageInternational School

 2.  Interviews with the winners may be possible.For more information see the contact details provided below.

 3.  Photos available upon request.

For more information
Contact
Deshnee Lochunah/ Communications Department
Contact number: T 4030200/ M 59474177
Email:  deshnee.lochunah@mu.britishcouncil.org

About the British Council

The aim of the British Council is to create ‘a basis of friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s security, prosperity and influence.