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Farmeco Competition – Judge’s ReportBy UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature
By Leanne Moden
Judge’s Overall Thoughts:
I was really impressed by the incredibly high standard of entries for this competition. Many
of the entries tackled the themes of food, farming and community in thoughtful and interesting ways, and I was pleased to see lots of pieces of writing reflecting upon the natural world, and the relationship between human beings and the landscapes we inhabit.
The ideas of shared responsibility, shared futures and climate change also featured heavily in the entries. Overall, the entries that I enjoyed the most were those that made me see familiar situations through fresh eyes, using language in fun ways to paint pictures with words. Thank you to everyone who submitted writing and artwork to the competition – I really enjoyed reading them all.
First Place: Grace NyandikoMakhutsi
Highly commended: Sarah NatuwaLelemeyog
The judges said: Grace’s colourful design depicting a farmer in his fields and the abundance of fruits and vegetables at harvest time is joyful and vibrant, and really shows a great deal of talent. Sarah’s work is really lovely too, and I like the way that she has made a link between food and culture in her piece.
Writing competition 8-11-year-old age group:
First Place: Nottingham Emmanuel School
Highly commended:Andreea (Sycamore academy)
The judges said: I was really impressed by the great sense of rhyme and rhythm in the poem by Nottingham Emmanuel School, which also pitched a strong message about community cohesion as a route to solving social problems. Andrea’s piece of writing, which detailed her move to Nottingham and the difficulties in learning English also had a great sense of rhyme, and it was lovely to read about her taking inspiration from the people around her.
Writing competition 11-15-year-old age group:
First Place: Ivy Ong’ayoMukhwana “Agriculture, Root of Prosperity and Bright Future”
Highly commended:CyieraShuvanginiBazagai “My Beautiful Village”
The judges said: Ivy’s essay about the importance of agriculture in her locality, and across the world, made several important points about agriculture, and successfully argued that more young people should think of the sector when choosing their careers. It was lovely to read a piece of writing by someone so obliviously passionate about farming! I really enjoyed reading Cyiera’s writing too, and I liked the way she used the examples from her own life and experience to talk about the wider issues affecting future generations.
Writing competition 15-18-year-old age group:
First Place: Ian Were Ekoma “Agriculture the Wonderful Art”
Highly commended: Leah Wandia Munene “Farming at its Best”
The judges said: Ian’s energetic and engaging writing was an absolute joy to read, and his love of agriculture came through so strongly too. Leah’s poem was also very impressive, with a wonderful vocabulary and a great message too.
Writing competition 19-26-year-old age group:
First Place: Benson Omukoko Mboya “Simple Reclamation”
The judges said: Benson’s informative essay on reclamation of the land in Kenya really showed me a subject through fresh eyes and I was impressed by his command of language and his obvious interest in the subject.