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‘Dear Mr UN Secretary-General’ competition announces Secondary School Winners

As part of the lead-up to the UN ‘Rio+20’ Earth Summit in Brazil in June 2012, the Living Rainforest organised an international essay competition and debate, ‘Dear Mr UN Secretary-General …’

885 children from 59 countries wrote open letters to the UN Secretary-General explaining what they think governments and world leaders should be doing to build a more sustainable future on planet Earth.

The Living Rainforest is pleased to announce that the winners of the Secondary Schools category are:

  • 1st Prize: Auckland Girls Grammar School, New Zealand – Nardos Tilahun
  • 2nd Prize: The Oratory School, UK – Theo Toaldo
  • 3rd Prize: School Gymnasium #6, Kazakhstan  – Ksenia Bashlykova

Nardos Tilahun also won the Grand Prize – a trip to attend the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil in June 2012, with her Teacher Champion and a parent.

Special prizes were also awarded to the following Finalists:

  • Environmental Education Unit, Seychelles– Anthea Lawrence
  • Jephthah Comprehensive Secondary School, Nigeria– Kanu Brian
  • Girls Secondary School, St. Theresa College, Malta- Amy-Christina Slater
  • Haybridge High School, UK– Daniel Starks

The winners were announced at the Schools Debate and Prize-giving Ceremony on 17th May 2012 at the Living Rainforest in Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, UK.

Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated!

The winning essays were simultaneously published on the competition web page.

For further information, please visit the competition web page.

on 'Secondary School Winners Announced'

  1. Svetlana says:

    Would you be so kind to say if the other applicants will get the certificates on participation in this contest ?

  2. Jeanette says:

    Seychelles as a small island is proud of its contribution and as a winner

  3. Karl Hansen says:

    Certificates will be posted shortly to all primary and secondary schools whose students achieved recognition in the Finalist and Honourable Mention categories.

  4. Claudine Slater says:

    I’m so happy to have attended. The Living Rainforest facility is a perfect place to teach children about diversity, structure and function of flora and fauna. The event was really well-organised and I’m sure all the students have gained a lot from this experience, as well as feeling that they gave a valid contribution to the world with the questions they raised.
    I hope they all get to keep in touch.

  5. Shubham Khanna says:

    Though I couldn’t attend . .. bt ftr reading d cmmnts of d other participants … am happy to knw dat d event was a success … (wish i cud b der) … bt smtyms d circumstances don’t favour … anywayz congratulations to all the winner on behalf of India.

  6. Ranzan moktan says:

    Thank you rain forest for organizing the essay competition of behalf of Chelsea international academy from Nepal..

  7. Shane says:

    Seychelles has again proved that even if we are a small island there are so much that we can do to bring a positive change. Climate change is affecting us a lot and the children of Seychelles have realized its impacts in years to come and they will remain the voice that needs to be heard to all corners of the earth.
    Thank you Living rainforest for giving us this opportunity to express our concerns.

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