STUDENTS are being given an opportunity to voice their aspirations for the future of Malaysia through a series of essay-writing, drawings and colouring contests.
The Aspirasiku TN50 (student) competition with the theme TN50:Masa Depan Negaraku Malaysia is being organised by the Education and Youth and Sports Ministries.
The competition is to provide space to students, from as early as pre-school to upper secondary level, to express ideas about the country’s direction and goals by the year 2050.
The competition was launched recently by Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
The competition series is part of the activities planned by the TN50 secretariat to reach out and obtain views from students around the country.
When announcing the competition, Khairy said, no one is too young to take part in shaping the future of the country.
With information technology, he added, children are exposed to a lot of knowledge and are more than capable of sharing their views and opinions.
He added that those in school today will be in their 30s and 40s in 2050 and would be the pillars and driving force of the country.
“It’s natural to give them the space and opportunity to jointly shape the future of the country,” he said.
The essay competition, which is for Forms Four and Five students, must be written in Bahasa Melayu.
The length of the essay must be between 350 and 500 words.
The colouring competition is open for preschoolers and pupils in Years One to Three.
The drawing competition must focus on the Malaysia of their dreams in the year 2050.
All drawing methods are allowed except photographs, print montage or graphics.
The competition is open to pupils in Years Four to Six together with students from Forms One to Three.
Participation is limited to the original work drawn on A3 size paper for each participant.
The competition for all categories is open to students in government or government-aided schools.
There will be prizes for the first, second and third place in each category.
Further details about the competitions will be channelled directly to schools by the Education Ministry.
The closing date for the competition will be on July 15.