Stabroek News Sunday

Six students take away prizes in CNOOC’s Essay Competitio­n


Six students were rewarded for their winning entries when CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited (CPGL) last Tuesday announced the winners of its Secondary Schools Green Energy and Renewables Essay Competitio­n 2021. The competitio­n challenged students from both public and private secondary schools to “share their ideas, celebrate their story and write for a better world.”

Students competed in Junior and Senior categories, with specific themes for each group.

According to a press release from Tagman Media, in the Junior Secondary School competitio­n, students, ages 11 to 14, were asked to write on ‘Green Energy Ideas for my community’ and the Senior Secondary students, ages 15 to 18, were invited to write on “The Effect of Renewables on Climate Change in Guyana’. According to the release, the winners in the Junior and Senior categories were:

Junior Category (Age 11 to 14)

1st place: Janae Bristol, The Bishops High School

2nd place: Anjellica Dasilva, Mae’s Secondary School

3rd place: Mariah W. Sookram, Saraswati Vidya Niketan

Senior Category (Age 15 to 18)

1st place: Thuraia Thomas, Queen’s College

2nd place: Shamari Cyrus, Mackenzie High School

3rd place: Eze Ochasi, School of the Nations

Minister of Natural Resources Vickram Bharrat delivered the feature address at the Prize Giving Ceremony, which included the winners, their parents, teachers, Education Ministry officials, CPGL officials and personnel from the Chinese

embassy in Guyana in the Promenade Gardens.

“I wish to commend CNOOC for taking this initiative regardless of them being in oil and exploratio­n and production. They have taken the position to recognize the environmen­t and to place emphasis on cutting emissions and the preservati­on of our environmen­t. The conversati­on on climate change and the reduction of emissions should be a global effort, it should not rest on the shoulders of Guyana alone, and it is everyone’s business,” he was quoted as saying.

President of CPGL, Liu Xiaoxiang, also addressed the gathering, saying that the company wanted to encourage children, who are tomorrow’s leaders, to understand the need for a green energy future, to observe the practices around them today, and to think about what can be done in their homes and communitie­s to help with

the transition. “Our company CPGL will be your partner in this transition. Globally we are known as an oil and gas company, but today we are actively involved in the transition to being an energy company as we are determined to secure sustainabl­e energy solutions for future generation­s.” Liu added.

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Cooperativ­e of Guyana, Her Excellency Guo Haiyan, also made brief remarks and commented, “Congratula­tions to all the students for your excellent performanc­es, I believe by taking part in this essay competitio­n you may have a more profound and comprehens­ive understand­ing of climate change and green developmen­t.” The ambassador added, “Guyana has great potential to develop a green energy and low carbon economy. China and Guyana share the same ideas and have the courage to share the responsibi­lities

while tackling climate challenges. There is great potential for green cooperatio­n between the two sides.” Chief Education Officer (CEO) of the Ministry of Education, Dr. Marcel Hutson, also congratula­ted the students on their achievemen­ts. In brief remarks, he further encouraged them to continue to let their voices be heard on issues relating to climate change and green energy. The CEO also congratula­ted CPGL on hosting the successful essay competitio­n, noting that the Ministry of Education welcomes these types of competitio­ns and encouraged them to continue to push for talks on the developmen­t of green energy and renewables in Guyana. The first-place winners in each category read a small portion of their winning essays. Minister Bharrat, Ambassador Haiyan, CEO Hutson and CPGL President Xiaoxiang handed over the prizes.

 ?? ?? Essay competitio­n winners with Chief Education Officer, CPGL’s President and the Minister of Natural Resources
Essay competitio­n winners with Chief Education Officer, CPGL’s President and the Minister of Natural Resources

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Guyana