The Planning Committee of the 50-50 Caribbean Conference has launched its essay competition as part of the ongoing efforts to encourage participation in March 2012.
The theme for the competition, “50-50: Surveying the Past, Mapping the Future,” follows that of the conference, which is being staged by the University College of the Cayman Islands in collaboration with the University of the West Indies and the International College of the Cayman Islands.
There are two main categories for entrants: secondary and tertiary. The secondary category is for fifth and sixth form students and the tertiary category is open for students in all tertiary institutions.
“The topics cover diverse areas that are linked to the conference theme: politics, colonialism, crime and governance. Topics for each category are listed on the website at WWW.UCCIconference.ky,” said Erica Gordon, committee member.
The competitions are a way to involve the youth of Cayman in this historical event, Ms Gordon said.
“The competition serves as a way to encourage the participation of students who may not be able to present papers at the conference,” she said. “This competition aims at raising awareness among our young people, gives them an opportunity to explore the theme and share their views on the issues.”
Last year’s winner from the secondary category was the representative from Cayman Brac High School, Jovonnie Anglin.
UCCI’s Mathey gale topped the tertiary category. Prizes were awarded by Kirk Office Equipment, Digicel, Cengage Publishing, and UCCI’s President Roy Bodden.
“The prizes for this year’s competition will be of an equally high standard as we try to make it attractive enough to encourage participation,” Mr. Bodden said.
The deadline for submission of entries is Monday, 27 February, 2012. Winners will be announced on 23 March, during the closing ceremonies of the conference.