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Anti-trafficking essay contest opens for secondary school students




After a successful publication of her maiden anti-human trafficking poetry anthology tilted I Am Not To Be Sold, Founder of Media Initiative Against Human trafficking and Women Rights Abuse (MIAHWRA), Ms Tobore Ovuorie, has declared entries for 2017 edition.

According to Ovuorie, “Unlike last year where anti-human trafficking poems were written by secondary school students, this year’s edition has short stories as sub-genre.”

After her 2015 campaign at secondary schools in Lagos State in which students won gifts and scholarships for their brilliant performance, the NGO, in conjunction with Parresia Publishers Ltd, published some of the best poems written by students ages 8 to 14. MIAHWRA’s workshops combine literature, classroom experience and audio-visuals to educate children about the evils of human trafficking.

“In I Am Not To Be Sold project,” Ovuorie said, “we are helping children find their voices and take their stand against human trafficking. The earlier they know about the A-Z of this evil trade dressed in different forms, the better for us all. To get published in next year’s edition, any child who is in secondary school should simply write a short story on the theme ‘I Am Not To Be Sold.’ The entries should be within 1000 and 1500 words long”.

She noted that entries are open to only secondary school students in Nigeria. All entrants are to state their names, names of their school and their classes, write one short story of maximum 1,500 words for SSS students and 1,000 words for JSS students on the theme ‘I Am Not To Be Sold’.

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