The National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute, Guyana Mangrove Restoration Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Agricultural/NCERD has launched a Schools Essay and Poster Competition on the importance of mangroves.
The competition complements NAREI/GMRP's ongoing public education and awareness program on the importance of mangroves i.e. the coastal protection and other ecosystem services that they provide. The competitions will also serve as a tool for the project to access the effectiveness of its awareness program.
Competitions will be open to all primary and secondary schools in Guyana.
The Poster competition targets Primary School Students and has been divided into two groups - Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6. The Winning posters pieces will be used to create a 2014 Mangrove Calendar. Students will be required to design a poster based on the theme: Mangroves: Nature's Sea Defence
- Grades 3-4 - 1st Place 40,000 book voucher; 2nd Place 30,000 book voucher; 3rd Place 20,000 book voucher
- Grades 5-6 - 1st Places 50,000 book voucher; 2nd Place 40,000 book voucher; 3rd Place 30,000 book voucher
- The next top six posters chosen for inclusion in the 2014 Calendar will receive tokens
The Essay Competition will be open to all Secondary School Students and has been divided into three categories: Grades 7-9, Grades 10-11 and Grades 12-13. Students are required to submit an essay based on the themes:
- Grades 7-9: Warning, warning climate change is happening;
- Grades 10-11: Communities protecting mangroves.....mangroves protecting communities.
- Grades 12-13: Mangroves for coastal protection and climate change mitigation
- Grades 7-9: 1st Place 1 Laptop computer; 2nd Place 40,000 book voucher; 3rd Place 20,000 book voucher
- Grades 10-11: 1st Place 1 Laptop computer; 2nd place 50,000 book voucher; 3rd Place 30,000 book voucher
- Grades 12-13: 1st Place 1 Laptop computer; 2nd place 60,000 book voucher; 3rd Place 40,000 book voucher
- Launch: 25 September 2013
- Deadline for submissions: 1 November 2013
- Judging and final decisions: 15 November 2013
- Award ceremony: 20 November 2013