• DStv and Eutelsat have called on all learners between the age of 14 and 19 to submit their entries for the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards 2015.

    This comes one year after 18 years old Joseph Mahiya, a Zimbabwe National from Hellenic international Academy won the best overall essay 2014 competition, while Hannah Kasule, from Gayaza high school in Uganda won the best overall poster.

    The participants are expected to write an essay or design a poster on how satellites have helped understand and take care of planet earth.

    With an aim of  instigating innovative thinking amongst secondary school students; the awards also focuses on creating awareness of how science and technology can be applied to everyday life; and to show the many ways in which  satellites impact development on the African continent.

    In the first assessment of entries, a panel of local judges will select country winners and runners-up who will later go through a round of preliminary judging which culminates in the selection of the final winners.

    A regional panel selects the top four entries.

    The awards are part of the ongoing partnership between MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat since 1999 that has over the years created meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world.

    Africa faces a huge shortage of relevant skills in science and technology and the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is inspiring young people across the continent to become excited, involved and exposed to science and technology concepts and satellite technology in particular.

    Best Overall essay and poster winners are eligible for a once in a lifetime trip for two to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris, with the essay winner traveling onwards to witness a live rocket launch. 

    Runners up will win a trip to South Africa as guests of MultiChoice Africa. Schools attended by the overall winners will also receive a DStv installation, including dish, television, state-of-the-art PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.

    Students can obtain entry forms from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office or copies can be downloaded from www.dstvstarawards.com.   

    Entries may be done in English, French and Portuguese. The competition closes on 5 November 2015. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in February 2016.


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