2nd Edition of the National Essay Writing Championship kicks off

Pwani Oil, in partnership with Kenya Primary School Head Teachers Association (KEPSHA), has today officially announced the opening of its 2nd annual National Essay Writing Championship to take place until 22nd November 2022.

The competition attracted at least 23,000 schools in 2021 and is held in line with Pwani Oils’ mission to refine the lives of communities around them by sharpening creative writing and thinking skills among pupils.

Speaking while making the announcement at the start of this year’s competition, Pwani Oil Commercial Director Rajul Malde said, “We have received tremendous positive feedback from participants of past competitions hence our desire to roll out the competition once again for more pupils to benefit. Upon its completion, we shall have a mentorship program for the winners as is our tradition”

Working closely with the KEPSHA, Pwani Oil shall run the competition until 22nd November 2022. Thereafter, the judges shall retreat to review the submissions and schools shall retreat for National Exams and the December holiday. It targets grades 6 and 7 who will focus on this year’s theme dubbed; Roses are Red and Violets are blue, Color the world to reflect you. 

Giving his remarks, KEPSHA National Chairman Johnson Nzioka said, “Competency-Based Curriculum is about teaching children to be all rounded, especially in their areas of God-given talents, this year’s contest dubbed “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue; colour the world to reflect you” will not only strengthen the value of accumulating knowledge to improve writing skills and creative thinking but also earn participants recognition beyond a classroom grade. I wish all the participants success and may the judges be fair in their marking so as not to demoralize the efforts of the learners”.

This year, Choco Primo, Kartasi, and Umoja Rubber bearing special interests in the Kenyan Child will also join Pwani Oil and KEPSHA among the sponsors of the competition. From Pwani Oil, Sawa bathing Soap is this year’s main sponsor of the competition. The brand boasts of six Sawa soap variants which include Rose, Original, Herbal, Strawberry, Lemon + Honey and the latest entrant Sawa Chocolate.

“Just like last year, we expect even a great number of pupils to participate in this contest. Apart from recognizing the top 5 nationally, we could compile the top 50 essays and share them with the winning schools for purposes of benchmarking”, said Nzioka.

Commenting on the National Essay Writing competition, Trufoods – Choco Primo CEO Sagar Malde said “At Trufoods we believe a healthy future for an individual begins from their very early years. Therefore, we support this worthy cause of growing and nurturing a child by participating in the Sawa Essay competition in partnership with Choco Primo Drinking chocolate which provides the child with the right vitamins and minerals for an Active brain, strong bones, strong muscles and a high immune system. We invest in the future and the children are our future”

In the 2021 contest; out of the 47 winners at the county level, 24 were girls and 23 were boys, a clear indication that our learners are competing at equal levels.

“We are glad to be part of the enablers of this competition. Kartasi has been a preferred choice for budding students, offering a wide range of exercise books, notebooks, writing instruments and other stationery. Through our products, we look forward to celebrating the innovation and excellence of the participants” said Kartasi Products Limited Managing Director Rajan Malde.

At the end of the competition, winners will be awarded with a gift hamper from Trufoods, Choco Primo and Kartasi and the Top 5 national winners will be awarded a fully paid 3-day trip to the coast as well as a prize-giving ceremony at the Pwani Oil facility.


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