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Thursday, January 19, 2006

2006 Commonwealth essay competition

THE annual Commonwealth Essay Competition organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) will close for entries on March 1, 2006.

The RCS expects to receive thousands of entries from around the Commonwealth, as in previous years. In 2005, some 5,000 essays from more than 1,100 schools were received.

Winners of the 2005 competition included students from Australia, Canada, Dominica, India, Malta, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, and Cayman Islands.

The competition is open to students in the Commonwealth aged between eight and 18. They are eligible to enter based on four different age groups.

Mr Stuart Mole, Director-General of the RCS, said: "This extraordinary international writing contest has been going on for around 100 years. The quality of writing it inspires around the world is remarkable."

Topics for this year include: 'Is the indigenous culture of your country worth preserving?'; 'What are the advantages and disadvantages of English being the language of the Commonwealth?'; and 'Write an adventure involving yourself and the characters of a favourite book.'

More information on the 2006 Commonwealth Essay Competition is available at (COMMONWEALTH NEWS AND INFORMATION SERVICE)

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