TWO Aga Khan Mzizima High School students have emerged country winners in the 2012 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards essay and poster competition organised by Eutelsat and MultiChoice Africa.
According to a statement issued by the DStv Public Relations Officer, Barbara Kambogi said that Megha Sharma and Inaara Gangji were awarded laptops as well as High Definition decoders plus subscription on Educational Bouquet for their school.
Other winners include Rachel Mshomi from Marian Girls High School in Bagamoyo who took first runner up in essay category and Natasha Saajan from Aga Khan Mzizima in poster category. They both won Ipads.
Officiating at the event, the Deputy Minister for Communications, Science and Technology, January Makamba encouraged the founding sponsors in their efforts to provide sustainable solutions to some of Africa's social challenges.
Makamba challenged the private sector to collaborate with government in order to play a meaningful role in the sustainability of communities and the furthering of education in our young minds. The winners of the second edition took place in Dar es Salaam with a spotlight on East Africa as Anthony Oyom Peter from Uganda who was chosen as the winner for his essay and Eva Chemwgorem from Kenya for her poster.
Anthony came out top in the Best Essay Award category with his entry "A watchful eye from above the heavens" that impressed the judges with its creativity. This is the second year that a Ugandan student takes first place in the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, after last year's winner, Mary Musimire.
Of over 1100 entries from across the continent, the final judging panel reviewed the work of ten finalists and commented on the high standard of work. "Partnerships are crucial in spreading the burden of development, and identifying and sharing the responsibilities.
Partnerships are also central to our core business at MultiChoice," Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice Africa, Nico Meyer said. Meyer said that they were delighted with the participation with the awards as the ultimate endorsement of their support of continental growth and the development agenda for Africa as a whole.