The English-Speaking Union revealed the four local grand winners of the Commonwealth Essay Competition 2009

December 04, 2009, Cybercity Ebene– For the 5th Edition of the Commonwealth Essay Competition 2009, the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), with the collaboration of the English-Speaking Union (ESU), has once again drawn numerous participants with over 50,000 entries worldwide, including 55 students from 25 schools in Mauritius.

This year, the competition has witnessed four local grand winners: Juneid Ismael Mosaheb (youngest winner of category less than 12 years old) from International Preparatory School, Sonam Ramburrun (category of 12-13 years old) from Sodnac SSS, Kelvin Suddason (14-15 years old) from St Joseph’s College and Caitkie R. Vaghjee (16-18 years old) from Eden College.

“This competition has been running for over 100 years and is firmly established as a highly regarded and popular international education project, enjoying much esteem and support throughout the Commonwealth. It has also promoted the use of English as a leading world language in a fun and attractive way. Four Mauritian winners in this global competition is surely a matter of pride for our country. Such contest is a pedestral to develop talents of our future writers”, said Sir Victor Glover, Patron of the ESU Mauritius and Representative of the RCS, during the prize-giving ceremony, hosted by the Barclays Bank.

The writing competition has in point of fact welcomed candidates of not above 18 years old and has encouraged young people with their social and scholastic background to aspire to high standards of academic scholarship and creative writing.

Juneid Ismael Mosaheb, youngest of the four winners said “I am elated to take part in this competition that has indeed been a great experience. It has in fact given all of us the opportunity to compete on equal terms with peers from around the world”.

As from January 2010, the RCS will be launching the “Young Commonwealth Competition” which will henceforth embrace the long-standing “Essay Competition”, the more recently established “Commonwealth Vision Awards” for young film makers and a new Photography competition: The ”Commonwealth Photographic Awards”.

The president of ESU, Sharmila Bima highlighted “Every year, the Commonwealth Essay Competition inspires thousands of young writers from all over the world.  We hope that with the new 2010 contests will offer thousands of young people across the Commonweal; a space within which they can reflect upon their worlds, articulate their thoughts and network. Besides, it is an approach to stimulate young people into the good utilisation of modern information technology”.



As the world’s oldest global writing prize for young people, this extraordinary project gives young people a voice by promoting literacy, academic excellence, story telling, reflection, awareness and creativity. Across the Commonwealth, the Competition generates huge amounts of good will, loyalty and enthusiasm.

Established in 1883, the Commonwealth Essay Competition – ‘Write around the World’ – has evolved into a unique education project with over 50,000 students participating annually in schools around the globe.

Writing is a universal mode of expression: no matter what their scholastic or social background, young people all over the world have access to pens and paper or a computer.