Dream big with iBali Lami and write to Win!
iBali Lami (My Story), is a national competition aimed at Grade 8-12 learners in South Africa, and designed to encourage young people to develop their writing skills. Learners are asked to write a short story of up to 300 words on their mobile phones in which they imagine themselves as 25-year olds in South Africa.
“We want learners to dream big and imagine the new South Africa of their generation”, says Andrew Rudge, CEO of Mxit Reach. “In doing so, they are taking the first steps in mapping out their futures and unlocking their potential.”
Learners are encouraged to write in their home language and in the final stages of the competition, at a provincial level, stories will be translated into at least three other South African languages for broader public participation and voting. “It truly is a national movement from the classroom up with inspiring prizes of more than R250 000,” adds Rudge.
The competition, which is run in partnership with UNICEF and FunDza, was launched on the 29th of April and will run over a two month period culminating in the announcement of the national winners on Youth Day, the 16th of June 2014. "The bright future that most children will envisage for themselves, in their entries to the competition, is the equitable future we are working to secure for them," said Thierry Delvigne-Jean, UNICEF Chief of Communication. "Ensuring that children's rights are fulfilled today is crucial to building a tomorrow that holds promise, prosperity and dignity. This competition speaks to every child's right to be heard, and gives young people a voice in which to express their hopes and vision for the future," he adds.
For more information about the competition, download the Mxit Reach app on Mxit and add iBali Lami.
WHO CAN ENTER?
High school learners in South Africa up to the age of 21. You must be associated with a secondary school.
HOW DO I ENTER?
Add IBali Lami on Mxit and submit a short story of no more than 300 words. You must submit your entry in the IBali Lami app on Mxit.
WHAT DO I WRITE ABOUT?
It's easy! Imagine yourself at age 25, in South Africa. Now, tell us (in no more than 300 words!) about your journey and South Africa in the years between 2014, and when you turned 25.
WHEN MUST I COMPLETE MY ENTRY BY?
You must submit your entry no later than midnight, on Thursday 5 June. Winners will be announced on Youth Day - June 16, 2014.
WHAT CAN I WIN?
Prizes to the value of R250,000!