A Ugandan student, Ethan Charles Mufuma of Namilyango Junior Boys School has won the 2021 Junior Queen’s Commonwealth Competition (QCEC).
The announcement was made on Tuesday September 28, 2021 in London by Mr. Nathan McKenzie, the Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
In a letter to the Uganda’s High Commissioner to the UK, Amb. Julius Peter Moto, he noted: “It gives me great pleasure to inform you that Mr. Ethan Charles Mufuma, an outstanding young student from Namilyango Junior Boys School, has been selected as the Junior Winner of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2021 (QCEC).”
Ethan’s winning entry was one of the 48 entries submitted to this year’s competition by children in Uganda, and was selected as the Junior Winner from a field of some 13,050 junior category entries received from children from across the Commonwealth.
Due to current UK COVID-19 travel restrictions, Ethan will not travel to London.
“Unfortunately, the UK’s current COVID-19 travel restrictions will prevent us from bringing Ethan to London to meet with the other competition winners and attending the QCEC Award Ceremony at St James’s Palace on the 28th October. However, we have committed to bringing him to London next year,” reads the letter.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools, established in 1883.
With thousands of young people taking part each year, it is an important way to recognise achievement, elevate youth voices and develop key skills through creative writing.
The 2021 competitions were organized under the theme, “Community in the Commonwealth.”
The competition is open to nationals and residents in the 54 member States of the Commonwealth.