A climate change poetry competition was launched in Honiara today Monday 7 August 2023 for Honiara students.
The Australian High Commission (AHC) and the Solomon Islands Climate Action Network (SICAN) are excited to announce the launch of their Climate Change Poetry Competition.
This competition is open to all eligible students residing in Honiara. Participants must be current residents of Solomon Islands, based in Honiara, and enrolled as students ranging from Grade 4 to Form 7.
Submissions are accepted through email, post, or hard copy starting today until Sunday, August 13. The top three poems will be awarded a SBD 500 bulk shop gift voucher, along with the remarkable opportunity to present their work at the Climate Change Tok Stori event on August 18. Furthermore, their exceptional creations will be showcased on both the Australia and SICAN social media networks.
Centred around the theme ‘Putting People First,’ this competition serves as a platform for the budding talents of Solomon Islands to articulate the profound impacts of climate change on their communities. It also provides an avenue to express how these communities are resiliently addressing the challenges posed by this global concern.
Reflecting on the significance of this competition, His Excellency Rod Hilton, the Australian High Commissioner, remarked, “In collaboration with SICAN, Australia is privileged to offer the youth of Solomon Islands this crucial platform to amplify their voices.”
President of SICAN, Rodrick Rollands, added, “This poetry competition represents an avenue to cultivate the abilities, skills, and confidence of students in articulating their concerns about the influence of climate change on the young population of Solomon Islands. Poetry stands as a potent medium to embolden and nurture the future climate leaders, fostering resilience within their schools, communities, and the nation at large.”