Junior and senior secondary school students in Kenya have been invited by the government to participate in a letter-writing competition organised by the Postal Corporation of Kenya.
Posta made an announcement on Thursday, July 20, that students would be tasked with writing a letter to the President providing ways to combat the effects of climate change.
The winners of the competition will be rewarded with various cash prizes, with a chance to win Ksh50,000.
“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.” the Authority stated.
The major goal of the contest is to inspire young people to write letters to one another, improve their writing skills, and learn about and appreciate the hobby of stamp collection.
Students were tasked with writing a letter to the president on significance of tree planting to environmental conservation.
The chosen topic revolves around President William Ruto’s initiatives to address climate change by expanding the forest cover in the country.
Ruto has pledged to plant 1.5 billion trees by the year 2032 with the aim of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. His efforts also target halting and reversing the process of deforestation while simultaneously restoring 5.1 million acres of previously deforested land
“We receive over Ksh1 billion annually through tourism because tourists want a good environment and, for the first time, we did water trucking because our wildlife was affected by severe drought. I want to state that planting trees is now a necessary imperative,” Ruto reiterated in July 2023.
The Postal Corporation made it clear that video submissions would not be taken into consideration in an effort to motivate young people to write traditional letters.
Posta also noted that “creativity in writing letters” helps keep the art of letter writing in existence while also encouraging artistic and creative expression.
All letters should be addressed to the Postmaster General, P.O. Box 34567-00100 Nairobi, Attention: Manager, Corporate Communication.
The government agency invited participants to call or WhatsApp them on 07199072600 for more details about this competition.