Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organization Awards
It’s World Telecommunications Day; the good news is that a Belizean student topped the region in a prestigious essay competition with a prize of one thousand US dollars plus a netbook computer. It is the sixth contest held annually by the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organization (CANTO), a trade association for Information and Communication Technologies. The lucky winner is seventeen year old Amenzee Amu, a first year student at SJC Junior College. Amu took the topic, Women and Girls in ICTs, and made it her own in an essay that took weeks of research to put together. A beaming Amu told News Five today that she started putting ideas together over the Easter holidays and kept working on it with advice from her teacher, Marcelle Amoa, until she had an award winning paper.
Amenzee Amu, Winner, CANTO’s Essay Competition
“When I heard that I won, it was amazing because who would have thought Amenzee Amu, a little Nigerian girl that came from Sacred Heart Primary School would have won one of the largest contests for the whole Caribbean? Who would have thought such? And it was just amazing, I was just blown away and it’s just God, not me. It’s just God.”
“Can you tell us a bit about your essay; what you wrote about and where that inspiration came from?”
“First of all, I love to write. This is my third time entering this essay competition—that’s why she knew my name because it was familiar. The topic was Women and Girls in ICT and as I heard the topic, I was like yes this is because I love the topic. Also, when I heard the topic the first four things that came in mind was economy, politics, education and a bit of history. When I was writing, I was just trying to relate how from back then in colonial times, how women were being battered and they weren’t given as much privilege as they are now. Information and Communication Technologies has helped us, it has made this world borderless and if the world is borderless, that means it has acted like an advocate for women to be able to do things that we wouldn’t be able to do back then in colonialism and that was one thing that actually came to me so I was trying to fit that in. and my thesis was, what I was going to talk about was education, how with ICT we women are able to go to school online. If we have to rear children, we can still do that. But being able to have women being more educated with the privilege that ICT has provided, women can get as much degrees as they can and also poverty would be lowered a bit or decrease. The next point that I made, I said politics has been an ongoing battle in Belize and we had to relate that in our essay, use our country in our essay and I was like you know Belize has been going through that battle with having women in politics.”
As part of her prize, Amu also gets an all expense paid trip to Miami for the twenty-eighth annual Conference and Trade Exhibition. The essay competition is held in conjunction with World Telecommunications and Information Society Day.