Winners of the EOL Essay Competition announced
By Charlotte Hill O’Neal
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Amongst much jubilation and clapping
and singing, the winners of the 2005 Elimu on Line Essay Competition were
announced on November 9 during a special assembly of students and teachers
at Edmond Rice Sinon Secondary School.
The essay contest was organized by members of Elimu on Line (EOL), the
philanthropic arm of one of the oldest internet service providers in Arusha
Region, Arusha Node Marie.
All institutions who have been granted free internet connections by Arusha
Node Marie and who had participated in the June workshop organized by EOL
titled “Welcome to the Global
Classroom!” which was also held at Edmond Rice Sinon, were
invited to participate in the essay competition. The proactive workshop was
an opportunity for participants to hone their internet skills by practical
exploration of relevant sites for students, teachers and administrators
including: distance learning sites; how to protect computer facilities from
viruses; specific skills and sites to obtain lesson plans and issues related
to pornography, spy ware, etc.
The participants in the competition were required to write an essay of
approximately five hundred words on topics relating to internet technology
and its impact on the global community. It was also required that
there should be a links component to the essay (with the essay being the
Ikunda Bethuel, a Form IV student at Edmond Rice Sinon wrote the first prize
winning essay titled “Why is Information Technology so important to my
life and my community”. As the winning essayist, Ikunda won a complete
computer set for her school.
Belinda Jubilate also of Edmond Rice Sinon and Noris Justine of St Josephs
Ngarenaro Girls Secondary School were the second and third prize winners
respectively. All of the students were awarded certificates of
accomplishment and 45,000/= each for book vouchers.
All prizes were donated from Arusha Node Marie.
EOL was formed in 2002 to assist in identifying institutions eligible for
free internet connections granted by Arusha Node Marie. Present members
include Magaret Njau, Olympa Lema, Frank O’Shea, Charlotte O’Neal, Gilbert
Maeda, Edwin Mlay. Mzee Christopher Tarimo serves as administrator