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Chinyere Ogbo wins Grand Prize 2014, Ismael Costa wins Primary Category
A 15-year old girl from Nigeria has won the Grand Prize in this year’s TSL International Schools Essay Competition, after securing 1st Place in the Secondary Schools Category.
Chinyere Ogbo’s essay was selected from a field of over 1,000 entries from 73 countries.
Last year, she won first place in a nationwide Nigerian schools essay competition; this year, she took on the world and won. Her essay celebrated what she has learnt from her own grandmother about sustainable farming practices which have been handed down and adapted over generations.
Chinyere and her parents travelled to the UK from Lagos, Nigeria to receive the Grand Prize, sponsored by the Trust for Sustainable Living.
Meanwhile, Ismael Costa, a ten-year-old boy from Uruguay, won 1st Prize in the Primary Schools Category.
Ismael wrote his essay around the time of his tenth birthday, and this inspired him to explore how he in turn might like to celebrate the tenth birthday of his own child in the future.
Ismael’s winning essay has caused a media stir back home in Uruguay and been featured in the national press, radio and TV, as well as in a variety of national government publications.
“Both children’s essays captured the judges’ imaginations with their originality and humanity. Each child wrote movingly about the links between past and future generations,” said Karl Hansen, director of the Trust for Sustainable Living.
Chinyere and Ismael spent a fun week at the TSL International Schools Debates in July, exploring and debating what sustainable living means to them, together with other outstanding primary and secondary school Finalists and Honourable Mentions from 20 countries. As part of the Schools Debates, TSL organised educational excursions to London and Oxford, which proved very popular.
The theme of the 2015 TSL International Schools Essay Competition will be announced in September 2014, with entries due in early 2015.
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