A grade 12 student from the Philippine Science High School-Western Visayas Campus (PSHS-WVC) won the grand prize in the 55th Anniversary Essay Competition of the Founding of the SEAMEO TROPMED Network of the Organization of Ministers of Education of the ‘South East Asia.
Altair Mizar Emboltura won the Grand Prix after beating 210 high school entries from SEAMEO TROPMED member countries, PSHS said in a statement on Saturday, October 16.
Emboltura’s winning play is titled “A Thief, a Tyrant, a Teacher”. In his essay, Emboltura, editor-in-chief of the PSHS-WVC’s Banaag school newspaper, explained how the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically redefined aspects of life.
This year’s theme for the SEAMEO TROPMED Essay Contest is ‘What COVID-19 Means to Me’. It focused on the integration and interrelation between the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) n ° 3 “Good health and well-being” and the SDG n ° 4 “Quality education”, according to the PSHS .
One of the goals of the Essay Writing Competition was to collect information related to the COVID-19 effect on students; motivate students to write and discuss their views on COVID-19; promote listening to the voice of students; and document these perspectives for later use in school curricula and policies.
Emboltura cited the crucial role of young people in the country’s fight against COVID-19.
“I believe in the power of proactive youth. Our role in winning the battle against COVID-19 is to inspire, make an impact and speak out not only for our fellow citizens, but for our entire community. However, all of our dedication, effort and active participation would be wasted if our leaders did not listen to us, ”he said.
“I call on our leaders not only to hear us, but also to listen to us because our voice counts, especially in this unprecedented time,” he added.
The PSHS said the student leader plans to take a biology, public health or accelerated medicine course in college, but his ultimate goal is to be a doctor for the Filipino people.
Emboltura expressed hope that healthcare workers will receive the necessary help from the government, including increased wages and a risk premium.
“Young people like me have championed change in our fight against COVID-19 from the very beginning. As digital natives, social media has become our greatest platform for speaking out, for initiating and carrying out countless community projects, especially for disadvantaged and marginalized sectors of our society, and for advocating for causes. noble such as #NoStudentLeftBehind, ”he said.
Emboltura was named Young Achiever Awardee by the Municipality of Oton and Outstanding Student of Iloilo Awardee 2020 by JCI Regatta.
He was also selected as one of the top ten Iloilo high school students for the 2019-2020 academic year by the Circle of Outstanding Students of Iloilo (OSCI).
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