For 2009, the Mbegu Trust is running the ‘Lead On!’ competition open to all secondary school students in Kenya. The theme of the competition is ‘leadership’. Students will be asked to write an article of up to 600 words on the subject of ‘The leadership we need to build the Kenya and Africa we want’ and a further 200 words (maximum) on the subject of ‘How I can play a leading role’.

The aim of the project is to interest, inspire and guide students to investigate the concept of ‘leadership’ in all its forms, define ‘leadership’ in the context of their daily lives, express their views as to the type of leadership required to achieve the Kenya/Africa they want to see in the future, and to consider their own potential as leaders and they role the could play.

The format for the competition’s delivery is a four-page newspaper-style publication – The Young Kenyan Leader (of which 30 copies have been sent to each school) which together with the accompanying material provides guidance for teachers and students.

The competition has been specifically designed to be a valuable tool for schools to teach core subjects in line with the national curriculum, including the English, History and Government, and Life Skills elements of the syllabus whilst giving students the opportunity to learn about feature writing.

The closing date/time for the competition is 5pm on Monday 16th Movember, 2009. Entries may be delivered by any of the following methods: Directly to the Mbegu Trust, Argwings Kodhek Grove, Nairobi; to any Kenol Kobil, Fargo Courier, or Air Kenya outlet; via the local District Education Officer; and Online via the Mbegu Trust’s website http://www.mbegutrust.org/, or by email to info@mbegutrust.org
The ‘Lead On!’ competition will be judged on the originality, depth of argument and composition style of the entries. Eight winning students will each receive Ksh 20,000 and their respective schools Ksh 100,000 each. Eight runners-up will each receive Ksh 5,000. Two winning students will also be offered internships by The Nation Media Group.
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