A Ugandan pupil has won the 2021 Junior Queen’s Commonwealth essay writing competition (QCEC).
Ethan Charles Mufuma, 13, is a pupil at Namilyango Junior Boys School in Mukono District.
He was announced the winner on Tuesday by Nathan Mckenzie, the
Chief Operating Officer of Royal Commonwealth society during a
function held in London.
Ethan beat 13,050 junior category entries.
His winning entry was one of the 48 entries submitted to this year’s competition by children from Uganda.
Ethan becomes the first Ugandan and African child to win this prestigious competition.
“Covid-19 restrictions will prevent us from bringing Ethan to London to
meet with the other competition winners and attending the QCEC award
ceremony at St James’ Palace on the 28th this month. However, we have
committed to bringing him to London next year,” Mckenzie said.
The queen’s commonwealth essay competition is the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools established in 1883 with thousands of young people taking part every year.
The competition is open to nationals and residents in the 54 member
states of the Commonwealth.