Bahai News - Students Sharpen Their Potentials
Students Sharpen Their Potentials
Source: Africa News Service
Publication date: 2000-11-07
Arrival time: 2000-11-09
Maseru - A Mamathe High School pupil, Masechocha Mokone, made her teachers
proud and happy when she cruised to the first prize of this year's 12th
annual peace and tranquility essay contest at the United Nations house
Mokone grabbed the M400 first prize and was followed by Frank Acheampong
of NUL International School who won M250. Khotso George Varkey snatched
the M200 third prize from Maseribane High School.
Judges of the competition admitted it was not an easy task to work with
the scripts, which were not so different. One of the judges Katleho Mpefolo
who spoke on behalf of Robert Likhang who did not show up at the ceremony
said the competition received an overwhelming response in the schools. He
was very impressed with the way students from the districts performed. He
said it is impressing to see winning students come from disadvantaged areas
like 'Mamathe and Maseribane in Teyateya-neng and Quthing, respectively.
There were five other honourable mentions; Raseleso Rapuoa from Mamathe
High School, Mawanda Dadi from NUL International School and Rethabile
Tekane from St. Mary's High School.
The UN representative to Lesotho, Edward Omotoso applauded the
organisers of the competition, saying "it is a strong investment. No matter
how your problems are, you must know that the sky is the limit. Do not
think it is boring because peace is not boring. The world counts on you
to do a good job. I do not want you to underestimate the importance of
peace. The culture of peace starts in the mind of people," Omotoso urged.
He said they are trying to move Lesotho out of poverty in collaboration
with the government, the private sector and the NGOs. The competition was
organised by the Bahai communnity with the help of the United Nations
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