Learners between the ages of 14 and 19 years have until the 12th of February to submit their essays for the 2017 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition.
Drawing on six years of success across the continent, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards returned for a 7th edition on the 5th of January 2018.
Students from secondary (high) or combined schools are being urged to enter the competition before the deadline elapses next Monday, 12th February 2018.
This year, learners are writing a creative essay or designing a poster based on the following topic: “its sixty years since the first satellite, Sputnik, was launched, broadcasting a unique and easily captured ‘beep, beep, and beep’ signal. Looking back at this historic moment, write an essay or design a poster depicting how satellites have launched humankind into the 21st Century and acted as a unifier.”
Selected from thousands of entries by a high-standard jury, the essay winner will be eligible for a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Paris, France in the company of Eutelsat, and onwards to French Guiana to see a rocket launch into space.
The poster winner will win a trip for two to South Africa which includes a visit to the South African National Space Agency as well as the exploration of several heritage sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa. The schools attended by the two winners will also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Package.
The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards are open to all learners from secondary (high) or combined schools on the continent where MultiChoice Africa maintains operations.
Entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice.
Entries are accepted in English, French, and Portuguese and will be judged on the basis of high-standard criteria of accuracy, creativity, originality, and innovation.
For the first time, this year students are also invited to engage with the Awards community through a dedicated Facebook page.
The competition closes on 12 February 2018. Only entries submitted on the official entry form will be eligible. The overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in March 2018.
All details on the judging criteria, national prizes and finalists’ selection are available on the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards.