How does it work? Each year, the UPU International Bureau chooses a theme. Participating countries organize the competition at the national level through the post with the support of education authorities and the media. All entries must be submitted through the national Post. Each country chooses a national winner and submits one entry for the UPU international competition. Entries must reach the UPU International Bureau no later than 30 April each year. The theme of the 2013 competition is: “Write someone a letter explaining why water is a precious resource” The 2013 theme ties in with the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005–2015.
Water serves a multitude of different purposes, and it is vital that we preserve this precious natural resource. Access to water is essential to ensuring the health and well-being of humans and the protection of nature. The United Nations recently announced that the world had achieved the Millennium Development Goal by half, the proportion of the population which is without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
Eighty-nine percent of the world population, or 6.1 billion people, now have access to an improved drinking water source.
But 11% still does not. 2012 Prize Winners National winner Limpopo Mpumalanga North West KZN Western Cape Free State Eastern Cape Northern Cape Gauteng Tasneem Mahomed, Park Primary School, Lenasia Dipuo Nthane, Taxila Sec School, Polokwane Prudence Lubisi, Mjokwane Sec School, Komatiepoort Seipei Kekana, Maggies Millenium School, Mafikeng Trinity Z. Maphosa, Bayabonga Primary School, Dundee Zara Wichman, Star of the Sea Convent School, St James Lerato Magagula, Laerskool Sentraal, Bloemfontein Siphokazi Ndamase, Butterworth High School, Butterworth Ronaldo Giko, Concordia High School, Springbok Tasneem Mahomed, Park Primary School, Lenasia
Rules to enter are as follows: • The competition is open to all South African learners up to 15 years. • It must be presented in a form of a letter of 500 to 1000 words. • The letter must depict and stick to the theme. • The letter should refrain from promoting any political, gender bias or religious opinions • Use proper quality paper and ink not pencil. • The letter can be hand-written or typed • The work must be clean and neat. • The entry form should be attached at the back of the letter for identification. • The entry form can be hand-written, typed or photocopied • One letter one envelope and send by post.