The Essay Competition was initiated in June 2016 in line with the objective of the Council. i.e. to sensitize secondary school students on ageing issues and on the need to participate in the general effort towards promoting intergenerational solidarity and cooperation.
As in previous year, the cash prizes
offered to the students were as follows:
Rs.10,000 for the 1st prize, Rs.7,000 for the 2nd prize and Rs.5,000 for the 3rd prize for the 3 best essays at National level and Rs.2,000 for the best essay at the level of each participating school.
Shields were presented to the Rectors of the respective Secondary Schools. Certificates of participation and a small gift were provided to each student as a measure of encouragement.
As regards to the 2019 Essay Competition, some 150 students from 9 Secondary Schools took part in the competition based on The Contribution of the Elderly in the Development of Mauritius – a Gender Perspective on 20 March 2019. A Prize Giving Ceremony was organised on 11 May 2019 at the James Burty David Recreation Centre to compensate the best students at participating school as well as the students who scored the highest marks for the 3 best Essays at national level. All participating students obtained a Certificate of Participation as well as a souvenir gift as a measure of encouragement. Shields were offered to the Rectors of the Secondary Schools.