Schools Essay and Art Competition

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The United Nations and member countries including Kenya is this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Day for Older Persons.

The theme for the year is “Older Persons and the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals”. HelpAge Kenya, has teamed up with the National Aids Control Council to implement a national programme for promotion of rights and entitlement of infected Older Persons in Kenya funded under TOWA III.

The project is intended to inform, educate and involve children, youth and the general public on being responsive to issues and needs of Older.

Art/Essay Competition Questions/Task:

I. For secondary schools; entrants, the essay/art topic is: “Write an essay (750-1000 words) and/or draw a picture describing the problems that infected and affected Older Persons encounter and suggest practical ways in which families, society and the government can promote their rights to HIV prevention”

II. For primary school’s entrants, the essay/art topic is: “Write an essay (250-300 words) or draw a picture that explains how Older Persons are affected by HIV and AIDS”

Eligibility Criteria and Entry Divisions:

  • Upper primary school: standard 4 to 7
  • Secondary school: form 1 to 3


  • The competition is open to all students within the categories (division stated).
  • Entries must be original and relevant to the theme.
  • Essays may not exceed 1000 words for secondary school entrants and 300 words for primary school entrants.
  • Once submitted, no entries will be returned to the entrants. Essays will be judged on content, originally and how the topic I conveyed to readers.
  • The decision of the judges will be final.


  • Trophies and back to school vouchers worth 10000, 8000 and 6000/= to students with winning entries in 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions.
  • Books and reference material on Ageing and Older Persons worth 10000, 8000 and 6000 respectively for schools winning entries in 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions.

    Announcement of winners will be published in the Daily Nation on the 4th week of November.

    Winners Gala Ceremony: The winners will be awarded the prizes/awards on World AIDS day - 1st December.

    Deadline foe submission: 15th November.

    Entries in hard copies and envelop clearly marked “Art/Essay Competition 2010” should be sent to:

    The Project Officer,

    Helpage Kenya,

    P.O BOX 34339-00100,

    Nairobi, Kenya.

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