YOUNG people, tomorrow's leaders, can help us tackle societal ills, including foetal alcohol syndrome, only if they are given a platform to voice their opinions.
This is the objective of the inaugural yearly Northern Cape Essay Competition on FAS. Through competition.
The youth in that province are being challenged to think seriously about the consequences of alcohol abuse, while honing their research and creative writing skills.
The competition is spearheaded by the Kimberley Hospital's human genetics unit and Northern Cape health department.
Northern Cape has the highest prevalence of FAS in South Africa, particularly in the town of De Aar.
Open to high school pupils in Grades 10 to 12, the competition is supported by Sowetan and the Aggrey Klaaste Nation-Building Foundation. Essays of not more than 1000 words should be written on one of the following topics:
lWhat at is FAS, its causes, symptoms and complications?
lWhat can we do to prevent it?
l What is the effect of the disability FAS on the economy of South Africa? or, Is teenage pregnancy a contributing factor to FAS, and why?
Enclose your name and surname, grade, and age, address and the phone numbers of your school, your home address and home phone number, or a parent or guardian's cellphone number.
Your school's stamp is also needed.
Send entries to: The Northern Cape Schools Essay Competition on FAS, Care of Ms S Peterson, Kimberley Hospital, Private Bag X 5021, Kimberley, 8300.