NWU Education student wins prize from United Nations

Christi Cloete -- Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:31

NWU Education student wins prize from United Nations

Ms Carmenita Bansen, a fourth year B Ed student won an essay competition, titled “Tolerance, acceptance, and a culture of unity in diversity; this is my idea of peace” as part of a conference by the International Health Awareness Network (IHAN) on “The Culture of Peace” at the United Nations (UN) this year.

Her winning essay was read by Prof Suzanne Stuttman (Pennsylvania State University) after which the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ambassador Chowdhury handed her the $500 prize.

Three students from the NWU and students from universities in the USA also participated.  Four academics acted as judges, which included Proff Suzanne Stutman (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Beatrice Goodwin (City University of New York, USA), William Latimer (John Hopkins University/Lehman College, City University of New York, USA) and dr Jaco Hoffman (Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, UK).

The fact that she won the competition came as a big surprise to Carmenita. She says “I am glad that my view is appreciated and that I am heard”. She wants to use the prize money to register for a BEd Honours in English next year at the NWU.


Photo:Ms Carmenita Bansen, a final year B Ed student at the NWU’s Potchefstroom Campus receives her prize money from the United Nations and the certificate of the International Health Awareness Network from Dr Louise Postma, a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education Sciences who facilitated the participation of Education Students in the essay competition.