By Confidente Reporter
MULTICHOICE Africa together with Eutelsat communications announced today that the closing date for DStv Eutelsat Star Awards entries has been extended to Wednesday, November 30.
MultiChoice Namibia Corporate Affairs Manager Lizette Foot, disclosed Wednesday, that DStv Eutelsat Star Awards a pan-African competition taking part in all 42 sub-Saharan countries where MultiChoice is operating and the reason behind the extending of entries is to ensure that students are given a fair opportunity to apply.
Foot further added that they believe that learners were occupied by the examinations and this has hindered the application process.
The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards aim to stimulate interest in science and technology and to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school learners across the continent.
So all the science enthusiasts learners between 14 and 19 years of age are now given extra time to be inspired and they are being asked to write a creative essay or design a poster based on the following topic: Take yourself into the future as a scientist, tasked with designing a new-age satellite that will help improve the lives of Africans. Tells us what you would call your satellite and describe the different functions and roles that it would play in the Africa of the Future.
The competition is open to all learners from secondary/high or combined schools and the entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Africa Resources Centre, at any nearest MultiChoice office or the forms can be downloaded from www.dstvarwards.com. Entries will be accepted in English, French and Portuguese and they will be judged on the basis of high-standard criteria of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation. Learners must note that only entries submitted on the official entry form will be eligible.
Participants not only stand a chance to win great prizes within their respective countries but the overall essay winners will be rewarded with a trip together with his/her parent or legal guardian to Eutelsat in Paris, France and onwards to a spaceport to attend a live rocket launch. For the overall poster winner together with his/her parent or legal guardian will be given a trip to Eutelsat satellite construction site and for the runner-up poster and essay winners together with their parent/legal guardian will visit Multichoice in Johannesburg and the South African National Space Agency at Hartebeesthoek and the winners will be announced at an award ceremony in February 2017.
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