JIS seeks entries for Jamaican Independence Essay Competition

As the Jamaican Diaspora prepares for the 43rd anniversary of Independence, entries are now being accepted for the sixth annual Independence Essay Competition, which will be part of celebrations throughout south Florida.

Launched by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) in Miami, the contest is open to all first and second generation Jamaican children residing in Florida. The deadline for participating entries is Friday, July 22. Winners in each category will be awarded with a plaque from the Jamaican Consulate General.

The purpose of this project is to advance community awareness while exposing youths to their Jamaican culture and heritage. As participants research and prepare their compositions they are given the opportunity to reflect on the nation’s history and culture; the impact of their roots on their upbringing, and positive events that have catapulted Jamaica into the global arena.

Consul General to the Southeast USA, Ricardo Allicock remarked that, “Oftentimes important matters of consideration do not take root in individuals until we take the time to write about them.” As he encourages children in the Diaspora to take interest in the annual event, the Consul General notes that it is his sincere hope that the annual Essay competition will inspire young Jamaicans to more seriously consider the island of their origin.

Students can choose from a selection of topics related to the culture and history of Jamaica, as well as looking at issues affecting the Jamaican overseas communities. Some of these include community leadership, entertainment, education, history and culture, geography and national development. Applicants must be between five and 18, years of age and reside in south Florida. There are three age categories for the responses 5-8, 9-12, and 13-18.

Interested persons can contact the JIS office in Miami, 25 Southeast Second Avenue or call (305)-374-8431 ext. 112), or by e-mail at [email protected].

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