Bwaila High School freshman Chanju Phiri won a gold medal after winning the 50th International Letter Writing Competition.
On the other hand, the silver medal went to Christasalom Chinthu Phiri while a bronze medal was awarded to Chrispin Makata of Pladour Private Primary School and Star Private Primary School, both of Blantyre.
The competition is an annual event organized by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a United Nations agency that looks into postal matters in collaboration with the Malawi Transport Regulatory Authority (MACRA) under this year’s theme : “Write a letter to a family member about your experience with Covid-19”.
The winners all walked away with laptops, laptop bags, umbrellas and t-shirts while their schools received textbooks worth K 350,000, K 300,000 and K 250,000 each.
The Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Chikondano Mussa, told the award ceremony in Lilongwe that writing is a very important skill that every student must acquire and develop.
“Mastering good writing skills at an early age is associated with better outcomes on children’s overall performance in school. It is therefore very important that learners are encouraged to develop the skill early in life, ”she said.
MACRA board member Mallah Kawale lamented the reduced number of students who took part in the competition this year.
“Participation in this year’s competition showed that the number of participants has dropped significantly due to the impact of Civid-19,” she said.
Only 62 learners took part in this year’s competition, up from 200 last year, she said.
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