2017 Digital Essay Competition Prize Giving Press Release

SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS JOIN KENYA’S 5TH ANNUAL DIGITAL ESSAY COMPETITION

Over 5,000 students with original voices all across Kenya answered the question: Ni vipi teknolojia inabadilisha shule yako? Or How is technology changing your school?

The 5th annual eKitabu Digital Essay Competition has for the first time included young writers from the Special Needs Community with participation from schools for the blind and visually impaired in Mombasa, Kisumu, Kiambu, and Meru counties who submitted their essays in Braille. Special Needs winners will be awarded computing devices, scholarship money and public recognition alongside their mainstream peers.

The 2017 Digital Essay Competition was open from 20th April to 1st August and received 5,305 entries from 177 schools in 41 counties. Students submitted essays of 500 words to 800 words to interpret the 2017 question and respond to it in their own original voices. Judging is done in two rounds, first by competent and respected teachers with wide experience marking language subjects for primary and secondary school national examinations. Final Judging is done by a panel of distinguished leaders from Kenyan public sector and private sector organizations in publishing and education.

Prize Giving is Wednesday 27th September at Nairobi International Book Fair, Sarit Center, Westlands from 10am- Noon.

About Digital Essay Competition
The Competition is open to students from Standard 5 to Form 4 in all Kenyan public and private schools. Essays are submitted online at essay.ekitabu.com. Winners are awarded computing devices, scholarship money, and national recognition with Ministry of Education.

DEC Partners & Sponsors are Ministry of Education, Longhorn Publishers, Moran Publishers, Oxford University Press, Kenya Publishers Association (KPA), Kenya Union of the Blind (KUB), Kenya Private Schools Association (KPSA), Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA), and Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA).

2017 DIGITAL ESSAY COMPETITION WINNERS

NAME AWARD                                              SCHOOL                                             COUNTY
PRIMARY ENGLISH CATEGORY
GRAND PRIZE WINNER PURITY ONGACHI GOLDEN TOTS SCHOOL KAKAMEGA
1ST RUNNER UP DARVYNE AGNES W. NDEGWA TETU GIRLS PRIMARY SCHOOL NYERI
2ND RUNNER UP PRECIOUS DABANI LUKENYA ACADEMY MACHAKOS
3RD RUNNER UP JUDITH NDANU MUTUA LUKENYA ACADEMY MACHAKOS
4TH RUNNER UP JEPCHIRCHIR ASHLEY NANCY GEORGE ACADEMY KAKAMEGA
GRAND PRIZE WINNER PURITY ONGACHI GOLDEN TOTS SCHOOL KAKAMEGA

PRIMARY KISWAHILI CATEGORY
GRAND PRIZE WINNER UDANA EMMANUEL INDIAZI KITALE SCHOOL TRANS-NZOIA
1ST RUNNER UP HARRISON NYAMAWI ST. BERNADETTE MARY SCHOOL KILIFI
2ND RUNNER UP JOHN MUTURI MUTHONI CHEMA MIXED ACADEMY NYANDARUA
3RD RUNNER UP CHRISOSTINE OKISAI FLUORSPAR PRIMARY ELGEIYO MARAKWET
4TH RUNNER UP IMMACULATE MOMANYI KITALE SCHOOL TRANS-NZOIA
GRAND PRIZE WINNER UDANA EMMANUEL INDIAZI KITALE SCHOOL TRANS-NZOIA

ART CATEGORY
WINNER MELODY WAMBUI NJUGUNA THIKA ROAD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL NAIROBI

SPECIAL NEEDS CATEGORY
ENGLISH
GRAND PRIZE WINNER OWINO AGNETA ST ODA SCHOOL FTB SIAYA
KISWAHILI
GRAND PRIZE WINNER PHANIS NYABOKE ST ODA SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND SIAYA

ENGLISH SECONDARY SCHOOL
GRAND PRIZE WINNER IRENE MBITHE MACHAKOS GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL MACHAKOS
1ST RUNNER UP SISCO CHERONO STAREHE GIRLS CENTRE AND SCHOOL NAIROBI
2ND RUNNER UP FASSIEH BELINDAH KEVEYE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL VIHIGA
3RD RUNNER UP JULIET NJERI KAMAU BISHOP GATIMU NGANDU GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL NYERI
4TH RUNNER UP AMOS MUSANGO MULEI MAKUENI BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL MAKUENI

KISWAHILI SECONDARY SCHOOL
GRAND PRIZE WINNER LINUS LENGO THOYA MALINDI HIGH SCHOOL MALINDI
1ST RUNNER UP RAPHAEL KIPKOECH ALLIANCE HIGH SCHOOL KIAMBU
2ND RUNNER UP DENIS KIOKO MUSYOKA MAKUENI BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL MAKUENI
3RD RUNNER UP LAETITIA JOY IKHALACHI MOI GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ELDORET UASIN GICHU
4TH RUNNER UP SOPHIA AKANE FRIENDS SECONDARY SCHOOL-MATURU KAKAMEGA

ART SECONDARY SCHOOL
WINNER OKOTI ALVIN CHAVAKALI HIGH SCHOOL VIHIGA

FRENCH SECONDARY SCHOOL
WINNER LIHAVI DAINAH ESTHER MOI GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL ELDORET UASIN GICHU

SPECIAL NEEDS CATEGORY
ENGLISH
GRAND PRIZE WINNER NANCY KINYUA THIKA HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND KIAMBU
KISWAHILI
GRAND PRIZE WINNER PIUS MUITE THIKA HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND KIAMBU

iTOYA Awards
In partnership with CEMASTEA, TSC, and KESSHA, eKitabu successfully launched the first annual iTOYA Award in 2017 to recognize teachers for the best, original ICT-integrated lessons in Mathematics and Sciences. “i” stands for ICT Integration in Teaching and Learning and TOYA for Teacher of the Year Award. The competition requires participating teachers to be nominated by their Principals / Head Teachers for their creative use of ICT integration in the classroom. Presentation of the first iTOYA awards was done at the annual KESSHA Delegates Conference in June. Check details at itoya.ekitabu.com

About eKitabu
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