In observance of World Water Day, the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) on Tuesday awarded its essay competition winners during
The winners of the essay competition along with Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Dawn Hastings, officials from GWI and the panel of judges
a prize-giving ceremony at the company.
The winning students, aged 9 to 11, were required to write their original and creative pieces to fit the theme of this year’s observation, “Water and jobs”.
The essay contest was aimed at highlighting instances where water can be conserved given the El Niño conditions which have been plaguing most of Guyana.
The participants were also tasked with showing their innovative thinking about how water could be utilised domestically, at work and school in a way that reduces wastage.
Hailing from different parts of Guyana, including Linden, the winners – Joyann Cruickshank, Anjalie Maharaj and Jessica Narine – were awarded with cash prizes of $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000 for their pieces.
Of the 100 essays sent in to GWI, the three finalists were selected based on their ability to effectively underline the core value of water and innovative measures whereby it could be conserved.
Speaking at the event, Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Dawn Hastings, gave kudos to the utility company for its consistency in executing the programme annually.
Making reference to the significance of the contest, Hastings said this served as an effective measure to underline to the public how vital water was and how critical it was to conserve it.
She made mention of the El Niño phenomenon which has struck Guyana, specifically Region Nine (Upper Takutu- Upper Essequibo), and how residents of those affected regions were having a hard time getting by in their daily lives owing to insufficient water.
This, she said, should give a clear idea to the participants and the public on what water really should mean to them, not only on World Water Day.
Hastings commended the participants, especially the winners, for their resourceful thinking and pieces. She encouraged them to keep up their excellent writing skills, and to advance their learning to become prominent figures in Guyana.