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PUPILS at Ligege High School in Duthuni near Thohoyandou have welcomed the launch of the Schools Essay Competition 2009.
The chairperson of the Albinism Society of Southern Africa (Assa), Nomasonto Mazibuko, thanked the Limpopo school for inviting Assa to the launch.
The competition is in its seventh year. In 2008, the school submitted 76 entries.
"We are impressed by the quality and standard of the research and creativity in the essays from Ligege each year," Mazibuko said.
In 2006 a Ligege pupil, Tshilisanani Nedombeloni, was the winner. Lehlabile Dibeila of Lehlabile High School in Mamelodi in Gauteng won in 2007, and in 2008 Sisanda Ngcana of Khanyisa School for the Visually Impaired in NwaDwesi, outside Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, was the winner.
Ligege's principal, Eric Mutshutshu Matodzi, thanked his school's governing body, teachers and parents for encouraging pupils to participate each year.
Pupils in Grades 10, 11 and 12 can dispel albinism-related myths and superstitions by putting pen to paper and writing essays of not more than 1000 words on any one of the following topics:
l Albinism: being different in my community;
l Albinism: experiences of a teenager with albinism;
l Albinism: how I relate to people with albinism; or
l Albinism: a disability or not?
Neatly written or typed entries should be sent to: National Schools Essay Competition on Albinism, PO Box 9881, Johannesburg. The closing date is August 31, 2009.