Essay competition

Chairman of Al-Ikhaas Academia Library and Resource Centre, Dr Elias Parker, telling the audience more about the library and the launch of the essay competition.

The Al-Ikhaas Academia Library and Resource Centre and Western Cape Education Department (WCED) essay competition was launched last Monday at the Lansdowne library.

The essay topics are, Challenges for youth in becoming global citizens, The role of libraries in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Enhancing literacy and numeracy in the present age.

The competition is open to pupils in the Western Cape only and they can only select one topic. There are two categories; pupils from Grade 7 to 9 can submit a 500 to 650-word essay while pupils from Grade 10 to 12 can submit a 600 to 800-word essay.

The first prize will be an iPad tablet, second prize a mountain bike and third prize, tickets for two to visit Robben Island.

The closing date for entries is Friday August 31. For more information contact Achmat Chothia at 082 348 8837 or

Teachers and pupils can find out more about the competition by visiting the Facebook page at www.

Pupils shortlisted will be invited to do an oral presentation at the Academia Auditorium at the Islamia College campus in Lansdowne on Saturday September 29 where the winners will be announced and prizes awarded.