In­spir­ing tal­ent

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CAM­BRIDGE English For Life (CEFL) or­gan­ises a ma­jor event ev­ery two years to pro­vide a plat­form for chil­dren to ex­press them­selves cre­atively in English.

This year’s chal­lenge was a post­card story con­test, a 100-word short story con­test with three themes, which were hu­mour me, scare me, and in­spire me. It was hosted on CEFL’s Face­book page re­cently.

The panel of judges fea­tured CEFL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dr Elsie Chin, au­thor and news­pa­per colum­nist Ly­dia Teh and ed­u­ca­tor, Mark Wright.

The event was of­fi­ci­ated by guest of hon­our, Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk P. Ka­malanathan.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Chin, read­ing hun­dreds of en­tries not only made them en­joy what they do but also be­lieve that they can make a dif­fer­ence by ed­u­cat­ing. She also en­cour­aged the con­tes­tants to con­tinue writ­ing and cher­ish the mo­ment when they were first de­clared writ­ers be­cause writ­ing does not end with the con­test.

“Tal­ent can be pol­ished, skills can be en­hanced but the con­tes­tants have shown us the pas­sion that comes from within; the pas­sion to be writ­ers and sto­ry­tellers,” said Dr Chin.

The awards cer­e­mony was held on July 17 at Atria Shop­ping Gallery and was proudly spon­sored by Atria Shop­ping Gallery, Na­tional Geo­graphic Learn­ing, Meeples Euro­pean Boardgame Café, CHASSa­sia and Oishi Green Tea.

The grand prize win­ner from each cat­e­gory walked away with a seven-inch tablet, RM300 cash, a tro­phy as well as vouch­ers from Atria Shop­ping Gallery and Meeples Euro­pean Boardgame Café.

The sec­ond prize win­ner from each cat­e­gory re­ceived RM250 cash, a tro­phy, along with vouch­ers from Atria Shop­ping Gallery and Meeples. Mean­while, the third prize win­ner from each cat­e­gory re­ceived RM200 cash, a tro­phy and vouch­ers from Atria Shop­ping Gallery and Meeples.

The most pop­u­lar en­try, which re­ceived a to­tal of 2,440 votes from CEFL’s Face­book page won a tro­phy and cam­era. The best pre­sen­ter was awarded with a tro­phy and mer­chan­dise from Meeples.

Join the other 10,000 CEFL stu­dents by en­rolling in CEFL’s English pro­gramme at Cam­bridge English For Life cen­tres through­out the coun­try. Do not miss the op­por­tu­nity to learn dif­fer­ent skills in English in their lively English classes.

For more in­for­ma­tion, e-mail info@cam­bridge­for­life.org or visit www.cam­bridge­for­life.org.

Cam­bridge English For Life or­gan­ises many in­ter­est­ing ed­u­ca­tional events to en­cour­age chil­dren to learn English from a young age.

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