Sarawakian youth invited to participate in YGXC Best Writer and Best Speaker Awards

Peggy speaking during the launching ceremony for YGXC Best Writer and Best Speaker Awards 2021, which was held virtually, recently.

KUCHING, July 23: Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (Azam Sarawak), together with the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB), and Sarawak in the Youth Green X-Change (YGCX) campaign, are calling for Sarawakian youth to join the YGXC Best Writer Award and the Best Speaker Award 2021 contests.

According to NREB controller of environmental quality Peggy Ronin Edin, the Best Writer Award and Best Speaker Award are its latest efforts to provide the youth with exciting platforms to voice their concerns, views and recommendations on a number of environmental issues especially those affecting Sarawak.

“It is hoped that these activities will eventually spark conversations and continuous positive exchanges between the youth and other key stakeholders such as the local authorities, industry players and the media, to advocate for environmental sustainability.

“This is to ensure that Sarawak will be on the right path towards a truly balanced development that boosts the people’s quality of life,” she said in a statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, Azam Youth Development committee chairman Mohamad Ariff Irwani Azahari urged Sarawakian youths to participate in the contests.

The contests, which are open to all Sarawak students and youths aged between 15 to 30, are the latest in a series of activities under the year-long YGXC programme organized by NREB in collaboration with Azam Sarawak, Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Malaysia, and Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Kuching.

The YGXC Best Writer Award aims to provide an avenue for young Sarawakians to engage with the general public through thoughtful and creative expressions of their environmental knowledge through writing.

The YGXC programme is the second such programme organised by NREB, following the first which was held in 2015. Its core objective is to engage with the youth to enable them to play a more active role in preserving the environment in Sarawak and to ensure youth are included in today’s sustainability conversations and actions for the long-term benefit of the State.

Sarawak youth who are interested to join the contests are advised to check out the entry form, including the rules and regulations that will be made available on the Azam Facebook Page.

Admission for the contests is free. The contests will run from July 23 until August 23, with four categories, namely Group A (Ages 15 to 19) English Language, Group B (Ages 15 to 19) Bahasa Malaysia, Group C (Ages 20 to 30) English Language, and Group D (Ages 20 to 30) Bahasa Malaysia.

The first prize winner will receive RM800, while the second and third place winners will take home RM600 and RM300 respectively for the age group of 15 to 19-years-old. For the age group of 20 to 30-years-old, the winner will received RM1,000, followed by RM800 and RM600 for the second and third place winners respectively. — DayakDaily