Belize tops CANTO’s Essay Competition on “Women and Girls in ICTs” Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:00

The old adage, “the third time is a charm” rang true for 17-year-old Amenzee Amu of Belize, who emerged as number one in  CANTO’s sixth annual WTISD essay competition.  Amu entered the annual competition three times before copping the coveted prize.   The excited biochemistry student, when informed of her winnings, thanked God profusely with tears in her voice as she remarked: “This is indeed a blessing!”

So what made this time around different?   Amunzee recounted to CANTO:  “I was moved by the theme this year as it appealed to me; I did a lot of research and prayed a lot”. 

Amu’s prayers were definitely answered and she will be joining the rest of the CANTO membership in Miami at the 28th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition.

TheWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) spearheaded by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is observed annually on the 17th of May. To commemorate this occasion, CANTO, based in Trinidad & Tobago engages in numerous activities including an annual essay competition. This year, CANTO celebrated its sixth year of staging the competition under the current ITU theme of: “Women and Girls in ICTs”.

The competition included participating member countries of CANTO. Entries were judged by a panel of experts in the field of telecommunications and education on creativity, organization, mechanics and educational/technical merit. The top four (4) essays were selected and will be awarded the following prizes:

• 1st  Place: Trip for 2 plus hotel accommodation to CANTO’s 28th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition in  Miami from the 22nd – 25th  July, 2012; a Netbook computer  plus US$1,000.
• 2nd  Place: A Netbook computer plus US$500.
•  3rd Place: A Smartphone plus US$250.
• 4th  Place: A Smartphone.  

The winners were as follows: First Place: Amenzee Amu, St. John’s Junior College, Belize; Second Place: Kennisa Laila Celestine,  Dominica State College, Dominica ; Third Place: Zachary Luke,  Subran Ganesh, Presentation College , Trinidad & Tobago ; Fourth Place: LaClaire Robinson, St. Vincent & the Grenadines Community College, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

CANTO congratulates all the entrants from Antigua, Belize, The Bahamas, Dominica, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago. We also thank all the members for promoting the campaign in their respective countries and last but not least a hearty thank you to the following judges for their time and patience: Monica Ramjattan (UWI.- St. Augustine); Wendy Rocke (Soroptomist,  Port of Spain, Vydia Bhagan (TSTT);  Joyce Zijler (Ministry of Education – Suriname) and Dionne Miranda (BTL).

The Board of Directors and CANTO Secretariat extend a happy World Telecommunication and Information Society Day to its membership and urge all to encourage and incorporate women and girls in ICTs.