Primary and secondary school children will have the opportunity to win a number of awards and prizes when the Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations hosts its inaugural G.I.V.E. School Competition. It will comprise a poster competition for primary and secondary schools and an Instagram challenge for secondary schools.
The G.I.V.E. School Competition starts on Monday, January 28, and ends on Friday, February 22.
Twenty-two primary and secondary schools have already been selected to enter the competition, which is a pilot programme of the Ministry.
G.I.V.E. is an acronym for Great Attitude, Initiative, Values and Excellence. The objectives of the Ministry’s G.I.V.E. Programme are to improve employer and employee attitudes in the public sector; and to promote standards of appropriate behaviour in the workplace.
The G.I.V.E. School Competition aims to capture the attention of students, while exposing them to the principles of the G.I.V.E Programme. It is also expected to provide a forum for schools to share their views on the programme and present ideas on how it could be enhanced.
The theme for both the poster competition and the Instagram challenge is G.I.V.E Today: Success Tomorrow. Students of primary and secondary schools will therefore be required to portray in the form of a poster what the subject means to them.
The Instagram challenge will require secondary students to create a video, no longer than 30 seconds, or use photos depicting the subject. Additionally, students will be required to post the videos/pictures over a four-week period. There will be weekly prizes, and at the end of the period, the student or group of students with the most likes will win the grand prize.
To be eligible for the competition, entrants in the pilot programme must be eight to 11, 12 to 14, or 14 to16 years old. Prizes will include laptop computers, tablets, gift vouchers for books and art supplies, and other G.I.V.E promotional items.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alyson Forte, in commending the competition to schools said: “Recognizing the importance of the Ministry’s mandate to develop a well informed and trained workforce, it is hoped that the G.I.V.E School Programme would assist in the transfer of the G.I.V.E objectives to the youth, prior to them entering the work environment.”