IsiXhosa story competition invites schools to take part

2015-06-04 06:01

The entry to the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation Story Competition has been extended to 24 July, 2015.

Sponsored by REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa), and supported by the Nal’ibali Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign.

This competition not only celebrates and preserves the isiXhosa language and rich heritage of storytelling, but also raises awareness of the importance of taking care of the environment by inviting young people to write in isiXhosa on environmental themes-developing young people’s language, literature and love of the environment.

“Well-crafted, entertaining stories in the language closest to the hearts of children and young people will help us equip our children to meet the greatest environmental challenges of our time,” says Elinor Sisulu, Chairperson of the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation.

“As an initiative focused on understanding the value that can be derived from waste, REDISA is committed to educating the youth about the importance of recycling and reusing products and this partnership allows us to do that in a fun and engaging way,” says Charlie Kirk, Director at REDISA.

All entries must be handwritten and in isiXhosa and theme is “Celebrating our Legacy and Inventing the Future.” with the focus being on the environment.

Stories must be the original work of the writer. one story per entrant is allowed. Length is 500 – 1 500 words.

Entrants must include their name, surname, area and school they are from and a contact number when submitting their stories. • Winners will be announced at a ceremony on International Literacy Day on 8 September 2015. Visit your local library

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