The United Nations Population Fund, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Ministry of Education, have announced the annual National Poster Contest for 2011.
This contest has been organized globally since 1992 with the aim of increasing young people’s awareness and understanding of population and development issues.
Botswana will be conducting its census in August 2011. The theme for this year’s poster contest is adopted from the census slogan: “My Count, a Guide to Development”.
Through this year’s theme, young artists are urged to take note of the importance of censuses and their involvement in census processes.
The focus for this year’s contest is on: Population Data for Development and Censuses.
Information about growth, movements, structures, living conditions, spatial distribution and natural resources of a country’s population is vital for relevant policy formulation, planning and implementation, and for monitoring and evaluation. Artists are welcome to use a variety of media, including use of crayons, markers, paint, pen and ink, coloured pencil, chalk, collage, drawing and graphics.
The contestants are required to showcase their knowledge and understanding of the census processes as guided by the above concept.
Contestants should create posters depicting images of the census undertaking (e.g. enumeration, mapping/affixing metal plates on doors, etc) or images of developments resulting from census data.
Winners will be selected from four categories and will be announced in June 2011, followed by an awards ceremony.
Each category will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizewinners. Prizes will include a certificate, a trophy for the school of the winning candidate, art material and cash prizes.