About the DEC
Stay tuned for DEC 2017 Question to be unveiled soon!
Everyone is talking about the impact technology will have in Kenya. We want to hear from the people it will impact them most – you, the students!
Submit your essay for a chance to win!
Any Upper Primary (From 5 – 8) or Secondary School student in Kenya can enter the Essay Contest. Students from public and private schools are welcome to participate.
To enter the contest, you must:
– Register to participate. Registration will be open for the 2017 DEC in May 2017.
– Submit an essay of between 500 and 800 words on the topic – to be announced when registration opens.
– The 2017 DEC deadline will be in July 2017
Schools that have difficulty submitting essays online may email their essays to the DEC organizers.
Our Judges are selected from leading educators, ICT experts, authors, and publishers. Click here to see the profiles of the 2016 DEC Judging Panel.
Official Contest Rules
By participating in the eKitabu Essay Competition, participants agree that they meet and will follow all of the rules and guidelines as set out below.
The Official Competition Rules may be updated from time to time at the discretion of the contest organizers. This version of the Official Contest Rules is valid from April 11, 2016 onward.
Participants found by the judges and organizers not to meet any of the requirements or guidelines will be disqualified and will not be eligible for a prize.
- Students enrolled in Upper Primary (Form 5 – 8) and Secondary schools in Kenya are eligible to participate.
- Students registered in any officially recognized public, private or religious school in Kenya are eligible to participate.
- Participants must be registered in school at the time they submit their essay.
- Participants submitting an essay affirm that all of the registration details submitted are accurate.
- Participants uploading an essay should ensure that it is in MS word or PDF format.
- The organizers and/or judges will contact the finalists’ school Headmaster or Head Teacher to confirm that they meet all Participation Requirements and that their Registration details (including age) are accurate.
Verification of Essays – Original Student Work
- Participants submitting an essay affirm that they are the sole creators of the essay submitted.
- Participants are encouraged to receive feedback on their essays from teachers, parents and their fellow students for improvement, however, the essay must be written entirely by the student, drawn from their original ideas.
- The organizers will hold all essays to common standards for plagiarism in academic assignments.
- The organizers and judges will take precautions to ensure that the registered student is the person writing the essay submitted and reserve the right to contact parents and teachers to confirm the originality of a student’s submission.
- Participants can only submit one essay.