On Saturday 14th June 2014, over 300 students took part in a National On the Spot Essay Competition organized by ECCA. The event, which is part of ECCA’s annual program, also contributed to our celebrations of World Environment Day. The contest took place in St. Xavier’s School in Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, and attracted students from schools all around the Kathmandu valley.
During the competition, students were allocated two hours’ time to write an essay on the topic of water and sanitation. To make the competition an exciting challenge, students were not given the specific essay questions until the competition began. Students from Grades 7 and 8 were asked to discuss in their essays whether “clean water saves lives”, whereas students from Grades 9 and 10 argued that “caring for our water resources is everyone’s responsibility”.
This essay competition encouraged students to reflect on the problems we face with issues related to water and sanitation. It also provided an opportunity for students to think of ideas and solutions to work towards solving the problems.
ECCA strongly believe that youth are the future, and their education and knowledge of environmental concerns is crucial for future conservation of natural resources and creating better conditions on our planet for generations to come. This competition was therefore a step towards engaging youths in important environmental issues, and increasing their knowledge of potential ways that we can begin to take action.
The competition winners will soon be announced on our website on 15th July 2014. The results will also be posted on our Facebook page, so keep an eye out! The winners will be awarded at the celebration of ECCA’s 28th Anniversary on Saturday 19th July 2014.