|The EAC Students Essay Writing Competition|
The EAC Essay Competition arises from the need to involve East African students in the activities of the Community as well as foster an East African identity. Their participation is anticipated to broaden their knowledge on the Community and its programmes on the regional integration process.
The Competition is open to all East African Secondary School students.
The winning essays are awarded and widely publicized within the region through the media.
The Objectives of the Essay Writing Competition
The Competition aims:
o to create awareness among the school-going population about the activities of the East African Community;
o to enable students analyse from their own perspective how best East Africa’s natural resources can be exploited in light of the regional integration process; and
o to foster a deeper understanding among the students on the existing cultural, historical and political ties of the people of East Africa.
Topic for the Essay Writing Competition
Each year a different topic is selected and each participant is required to submit an essay between 1,000 – 1,500 words. The Essays can be written in English, French or Kiswahili.
Organisation of the Competition
The organisation of the Competition involves constant dialogue between the EAC and the Partner States Ministries of Education as focal points. The following steps have been implemented:
o Systematic distribution of EAC information materials in the schools, using the network of District Education and Information Offices/Media Houses in the Partner States;
o EAC essay writing posters are widely distributed in the region;
o Advertisements announcing the competition in English, French and Kiswahili are carried out in the print media;
o The EAC Education website (www.eac.int/education) is utilized as one of the channels of communication with the participating Schools and Ministries of Education focal points.
The process of identifying the winning essays is as follows:
i. Head teachers are responsible for constituting panels for selecting the best essay at the school level;
ii. The National Examination bodies were responsible for constituting adjudication panels at the National level. The best 5 essays at National Level are forwarded to the EAC through the Ministries of Education;
iii. The Inter-University Council for East Africa is the adjudicating body at the Regional (EAC) level.