Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson is encouraging young people to develop an interest in the national discussion on immigration issues.
The Immigration Department has launched an essay competition targeting youngsters in the age group 10 to 17 years.
The competition invites Cayman’s young people to write on immigration-related issues, with topics ranging from how they can play a role in making Cayman a better society, to the role of Immigration in balancing rights and creating a more secure, safe and prosperous Cayman Islands.
‘Everything that immigration does – securing our borders, managing the labour marketing or enforcing immigration laws – is about building a better future for our young people who will one day take up the mantle of leadership in our country,’ Mr. Manderson said.
He said that elementary and high school students are not too young to make a meaningful contribution to national debates, noting that this is what this essay competition is intended to encourage.
The competition, which is open to all students attending elementary and high school in the Cayman Islands, is designed to attract entries from among entrants in two age groups – 10 to 13 and 14 to 17 years. The competition is open to youth attending both private and public institutions.
First, second and third prizes will be awarded in each category. The first prizes in each category include computers and other school supplies as well as certificates of recognition from the department.
The competition closes on 19 November and awards will be made at a special presentation ceremony to be held end of November, the last week of which will be observed as Immigration Week.
Entries in the competition may be sent via email to [email protected] or delivered to the Government Information Services, Cricket Square, Elgin Avenue or by post to Government Information Service, c/o the Cayman Islands Government.
For further information, contact the Immigration Department at 949-8344 or the Government Information Services at 949-8092.