Lack of basic economic knowledge is becoming a critical problem in the East and Central African region. With the unemployment rate on the increase, many are opting for the entrepreneurship path. To equip people in this region with entrepreneurship skills, IREN has launched an East and Central Africa Essay writing Competition which will culminate into a regional Debating Competition on various economic issues currently affecting the region.
The competition is divided into two categories; English and Kiswahili with the participant being allowed to participate in only one. The competition is open to all young people aged below 30 in the Kiswahili speaking countries which include: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Congo. People from other regions are encouraged to participate. The best 10 writers will be invited to defend their work before a panel of Judges in the final debating round of the competition in Kenya. The winner in the Debating Competition will be awarded a cash prize of $500 and be invited to the IRENís annual Africa Resource Bank Conference with all costs paid. The 1st runners up gets a cash prize of $300 while the 2nd runners up gets a cash prize of $200. The winning essays will be featured in our weekly online magazine The African Executive. This is your chance to participate in the biggest debate in East and Central Africa on Economic issues!
The competition will be based on both the English and Kiswahili versions of the books Jasira za Jonathan Gullible: Mtalaa wa Soko Huria, by Ken Schoolland and Sheria: Mwongozo Bora Kuhusu Jamii Stahiki by Frederic Bastiat. These will also be used as guides by the judges. The objective of this project is to introduce an entrepreneurial mindset amongst the youth hence improve basic knowledge in economic principles. It will also promote the use of Swahili in developmental issues. The project aims at creating business minded youths who will be able to make informed decisions hence run their own businesses effectively.
The main objectives of the essay writing competition and debate are to:-
1. Promote sound economic policy ideals
2. Promote use of Kiswahili as a regional language.
3. Expose the youths to ideas on wealth creation.
The essay should be between 1000 -1500 words on any of the two topics in either category.
Category A Ė Kiswahili
- Jinsi ufisadi na ubinafsishaji unavyoathiri uchumi wa nchi
- Teknolojia ya kisasa inavyochangia katika kuendeleza au kudunisha uchumi wa nchi
Category B Ė English
- The effects of corruption and privatization on a nationís economy
- Does modern technology contribute towards the growth or collapse of a nationís economy?
The books are available at IREN Kenya Nairobiís office. For a copy of the books please write to us indicate the mode of payment you like to use to pay for the books, clearly give your postal address so as to enable us send you the books ordered.
Jasira za Jonathan Gullible: Mtalaa wa soko huria, by Ken Schoolland. - $5.00
Sheria: Mwongozo Bora Kuhusu Jamii Stahiki by Frederic Bastiat. - $5.00
For any book ordered, you receive a free copy of Mie Penseli by Leonard E. Read.
All essays should be received on or before 30th August 2006. The results will be announced by 5th October 2006 and thereafter the big debate to be held in November 2006.
The essay can be sent by email or postal address to:
Inter Regional Economic Network (IREN) Kenya,
Argwings Kodhek Road, Hurlingham
Nyaku House Mezzanine Floor
P.O. Box 135 00100 GPO
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