Prize-giving Ceremony hosted by Barclays Bank Mauritius Limited, held on Friday 28th February 2014 @ 15:00 hrs – Venue :  Barclays Bank Mauritius Limited, Cybercity, Ebene

The Young Commonwealth Essay Competition, run by the Royal Commonwealth Society, celebrated its 130th anniversary last year.   The Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition, and it provides a platform for young people to express themselves in a truly global environment.

Last year has been a record-breaking year for the Commonwealth Essay Competition with over 830 schools across 55 Commonwealth countries and territories which participated. The competition received more than 11,000 entries and over 70 judges had been involved in the judging process.  The standard of entries had been excellent.

The theme of the competition last year was ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’. The judges were impressed by the creativity and research that entrants displayed in dealing with the topics.

There was an extremely high standard of entry as participants competed with their peers from every corner of the Commonwealth.  So to win an award is a big achievement.

The Royal Commonwealth Society was delighted to announce that over 2,000 entries won awards – 16 from Mauritian participants – with the top prizes going to New Zealand, Guernsey, Canada and Hong Kong.  These top winners will be flown to London for a special award ceremony later in the year.

In Mauritius, 112 participants entered the competition in 2013. The judges also selected a number of excellent Gold and Silver entries from both the Junior and Senior Categories to receive special commendations.

The ESU, in collaboration with Barclays Bank Mauritius Limited, organised a prize-award ceremony on Friday 28th February 2014 to reward the best entries for Mauritius.

  Gold Award


1 Essay Competition Senior

14-18 years

Nadhiir Kurmoo of Royal College Curepipe
2 Essay Competition Senior

14-18 years

Fateemah Mosaheb of Queen Elizabeth College
3 Essay Competition Junior

Under 14

Ayushi Sookharee of Queen Elizabeth College
4 Essay Competition Junior

Under 14

Nuzhah Tarsoo of Queen Elizabeth College
Silver Award

14-18 years


Yashika Bagnauth of Queen Elizabeth College




Essay Competition Senior




Essay Competition Senior

14-18 years

Anuja Ghoorah of Droopnath Ramphul State College



Essay Competition Junior

14-18 years


Anishta Ramloll of Unity College

The above students received cash prizes offered to them by Mr Cyril Wong Sun Thiong, representing  Barclays Bank Mauritius Limited.  They also received prizes from Mr Prem Burton, President of the English-Speaking Union, H.E. Mr Nick Leake, British High Commissioner, and H.E. Mrs Shari Villarosa, Ambassador of the United States of America.

Mr Prem Burton, President of the English-Speaking Union, was delighted to see the continued interest of our young students in this annual competition and hopes that 2014 will see a growing number of participation from Mauritian students.

Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014

The theme for 2014  is ‘Team Commonwealth’.

As athletes gather in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, team spirit will be on display both within and between nations. Young writers are encouraged to explore this theme in fun, academic, witty, and most of all creative ways!

For more information about the topics and rules of the competition, we invite you to visit or send an email to

The Commonwealth is a unique global family of 54 member countries, encompassing a multitude of cultures, religions and institutions.  From Africa to Asia, from the Pacific to the Caribbean, from Europe to North America, 2.1 billion people in the Commonwealth constitute a quarter of the world’s population.