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Corruption Essay Competition

Caption: Some of the artistic work on display at the prize-giving ceremony of the Republic Bank and Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute (TTTI) Youth Against Corruption Essay and Poster Competition.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Friday October 20, 2014:- With slogans such as: “No transparency, no democracy; “The choice is yours, you are not too young to say No to corruption” and “Stand up for what is right…….. Stop Corruption”, were just some of the declarations, made by the participants of this year’s edition of the Republic Bank and Trinidad and Tobago Transparency Institute (TTTI) Youth Against Corruption Essay and Poster Competition.

The prize giving ceremony was held last Friday at the TTTI’s headquarters at Fernandes Industrial Centre, Eastern Main Road, Laventille, before a packed room.

The competition was aimed at stimulating the participants’ reflection on personal responsibility and independent thinking which also helped to strengthen their ability for moral judgment in their decision making. It consisted of two components, the essay writing competition and the poster competition, for persons between the ages of 13-25 years.

In the essay competition, Cheze Casimire, Larissa Fortune and Lakshmi Lalla won in their respective age groups 13-15, 16-19 and 20-15. In the poster competition Paul Ragoobarsingh, Rajeev Ram and siblings Zachary Subran Ganesh and Deirdre Subran- Ganesh, tied for first place. They triumphed in their age groups 13-15, 16-19 and 20-25 respectively.

Quoting from some of the winning essays Republic Bank’s General Manager, Internal Audit, Anthony Subero congratulated the participants on the role they played, in standing up against corruption. He urged them to take what they have learnt throughout their lives and live each day with integrity.

“Every poster, every essay that was submitted, was an effort, even a promise to stand up against corruption. It has been said that creativity takes courage and your work has shown us that we are in a room of brave young people, ready to be part of revolution -one positive change,” Subero said.

Dion Abdool, Vice Chair of the Institute, applauded Republic Bank on its role in helping to eradicate corruption in T&T. He said as the ceremony celebrated the efforts of the most vulnerable in society, it was a pleasure to have Republic Bank on board.

“We have a problem in society and the young people are talking and we as a society should listen. Republic Bank continues to listen to the plight of so many of the issues facing our generation. We are pleased to have them a part of this,” Abdool said.

Director Dr. Michael Alleyne, former Chief Education Officer, was on hand to assist in the prize distributions.

Republic Bank congratulates all the winners of the competition and wishes them all the best in their academic pursuits.

“There come moments in the history of nations when people feel the urge to be a part of a transformational movement for the country’s progress. Today is the opportunity for 125 crore Indians to join the Mahayagya against corruption, black money, terrorism and fake notes.”
- PM Narendra Modi on 8th November, 2016

8th November, 2016, will go down in history as a golden lettered day for India. On this day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation, a revolutionary step in fighting the menace of black money and corruption. In an unprecedented display of Jan Bhagidari, 125 crore Indians stood shoulder to shoulder with the Prime Minister in this fight for India’s bright future.

As we approach a year of this landmark day, let us come together again and highlight the fight against corruption and black money in creative ways. This will help create awareness and also motivate further action in this fight for the nation’s future.

On these themes, you can express your ideas in various ways:
1. Essay: You can write an evocative essay. The essay can include the highlights and achievements so far in the fight against corruption and black money and some ideas to further strengthen the participative nature of the battle. (Max length: 1200 words. Submit only in PDF format)

2. Artwork: You can prepare creative artworks / caricatures / cartoons / posters that capture the spirit of collective of the people to end the menace of corruption and black money. (Max file size: 4 MB. Submit only in PDF/PNG/JPEG formats)

3. Video: You can prepare a video that can reach the mass population of India and highlight to them both achievements as well as the collective nature of the fight and motivate them further to continue to be part of the vigil. (Max duration: 4 minutes. Submit only YouTube links)

4. Poem: You can pen down a poem that can be composed into an anthem. (Submit only in PDF format)

For each of the above categories, there are separate prizes and they are as below:
• 1st prize – Rs. 2 lakhs
• 2nd prize – Rs. 1 lakhs
• 3rd prize – Rs. 50,000
• 5 consolation prizes of Rs. 25,000 each

Last Date for submissions: 30th November 2017

Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of Essay Writing Competition
Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of Artwork Making Competition
Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of Video Making Competition
Click here to read the Terms and Conditions of Poetry Writing Competition

May the fight against corruption and black money keep winning great victories. May the message of honesty and probity spread far and wide.

Note: Please read the Terms and Conditions for each category carefully.