Friday 20 November 2015

National Winners of the Young Journalist Competition Announced at the ‘Shakespeare Lives’ launch event

Two national 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 was announced on the 18th of November during the ‘Shakespeare Lives’ launch event at the Westminster House, residence of His Excellency, British High Commissioner, Jonathan Drew.

The competition asked young people to tell us in 750 words, ‘What makes Shakespeare great?’.The finalist work was reviewed by a panel of judges, consisting of Mr. Tris Bartlett, Country Director of the British Council, Mauritius, Mr. Y. Khoyratty, Acting Assistant Director Zone 2 of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research and the Vice-President of the English Speaking Union, Mrs Marie-France Roussety.

The winner of the senior category is Miss Marie Tessa Delina LALLJEE from GMD Atchia State College and the junior prize goes to Miss Elisha Shantel Gurrana from Le Bocage International School. 

Amongst the prizes are potential media related work placements, certificates, having the winning essays published in the media, a book from the Bagatelle Bookcourt, a ‘Day Pass Voucher’ for 2 people at The Address Boutique Hotel, which is part of the Indigo Group and a free English course at the British Council. The winners will also join the British Council and the British High Commission throughout 2016 season of ‘Shakespeare Lives’ as resident journalists. 

 The 2015 Young Journalist Competition was planned to coincide with the ‘Shakespeare Lives’ launch which marked the beginning of a series of events and activities scheduled to run throughout 2016.

 Several eminent personalities including the Hon. Mrs Leela Devi Dookhun Lutchmun, Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, graced the evening event with their presence.

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

● Connect to the English language and contemporary UK writing and expressing creativity.
● Develop an international ethos of the students at school.
● Add an international dimension to children’s education and ensure that they are truly global citizens.
● Produce an outstanding work at the educational level.
● Help build a successful future career for those writers.

 There will be a separate prize giving ceremony for zonal winners for the 2015 Young Journalist event. Details of the prize giving will be announced a later date. 

Notes to Editor

 1. Following the press and stakeholder launch of Shakespeare Lives on 29 October, the next key date is Twelfth Night on 5 January 2016 when programme activity begins and lasts for the full twelve months.
2. Interviews with the winners would be most welcomed. Please contact on the details provided below.
3. Photos available upon request.

For more information

Deshnee Lochunah/ Communications Department 
Contact number: T 4030200/ M 59474177


About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. British Council is present in Mauritius since 1950. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.