The Postal Corporation of Kenya has announced an annual letter writing competition for junior and senior secondary schools for the year 2023.
In a statement on Thursday, July 20, the state corporation stated that the winner of the challenge will walk away with a cash prize of Ksh. 50,000.
The instructions to the competitors read as follows: “Write a letter to His Excellency, the president explaining why tree planting is important in conservation of our environment.”
Further, the agency stated that the purpose of the unique competition is to encourage the young generation to write letters.
“There is also creativity in writing letters it improves artistic and creative expression while mainlining traditional letter writing,” Posta Kenya replied to a Twitter user who advised them to organize video competitions instead of writing.
Additionally, Posta Kenya explained that they want the young generation to sharpen their writing skills.
“The Post Office is a sanctuary for creativity and expression, where artists and writers find inspiration in the act of sending their work out into the world,” read part of the statement.
Participants should address the letter to Postmaster General 34567-00100, Manager Corporate Communication.
“For more details about this, call or WhatsApp us on 07199072600,” read part of the post.
Previous Letter to Ruto Winners
Ericka Cherotich from St. Patrick’s Academy Cheptuiyet in Kericho County won the 2021 edition of the competition.
The 13-year-old received Ksh.50,000 after beating Larry Barack a pupil from Riara Primary School in Nairobi County who received Ksh.30,000.
The participants were required to write a letter to the then Education CS Prof George Magoha on how the pandemic affected their education since its outbreak in March 2020.
Ruto’s Lifts Logging Ban
The writing competition came weeks after President William Ruto lifted a six-year ban on logging in government forests.
President Ruto stated that the move sought to provide job opportunities and was part of his plan to plant new 15 billion trees in the next ten years.
Also, Ruto argued that it was not wise to leave mature trees to rot in the forest while local timber industries need them as raw material.
“Over the next 10 years, we shall grow 15 billion trees and restore 10.6 million hectares of degraded forests and rangelands.”
To take part in this exercise, the president also asked Kenyans to plant at least 30 trees each year.
Additionally, to promote local production, Ruto’s government-imposed taxes on all imported timber.