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Friday, July 07, 2006

To'abaita student tops another essay competition in Fiji

A To'abaita student who is studying at the University of the South Pacific has won the first prize in the senior category of a Fiji-wide essay competition, recently organised by the Fiji Department of Energy.

Exsley Taloiburi, who has authored or edited several winning essays in Fiji writing competitions in the last three years has again topped another country wide competition which received a total of about 80 entries in both the junior and senior categories. He has received his prize of FJ$100 plus other gift packs in an official presentation from the Director of Energy, Mrs Makareta Suguturaga, this morning.

Mr Taloiburi is a postgraduate student in Marine Science with the Institute of Applied Sciences at the University of the South Pacific, and he hails from North Malaita in the Solomon Islands.

The competition was part of the Fiji Department of Energy's ongoing program to promote awareness of the importance of energy saving. The theme of the essay and poster competition is "Save energy, Save $$$, Save our future".

Director of Energy Makareta Suguturaga said the department was excited about the response it received from various schools. A total of around 100 entries including both essays and posters were received from schools and universities whereby 80 of them are essays.

"We are so excited that so many schools are interested in energy issues that are so vital to Fiji's environmentally sustainable development," she said.

"Increasing awareness of energy conservation in schools and universities is of utmost importance for Fiji's future."

Entries were judged on their expression of the linkages between reducing energy use, saving money and cutting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change.

According to Mr taloiburi, this is the sixth essay that he has won over the last three years in Fiji and he is still waiting for the outcome of another two entries that he has submitted to competitions organised by different bodies within the University of the South Pacific on the current elections in the Pacific and how to tap science, technology and innovation to create wealth and employment in agri-food chains.

"I am always confident whenever I enter essay competitions regardless of whatever topic is given, and I always know that my essay will win. Now essay writing is just like a hobby to me but I have won so much money for these small pieces of writings", said Taloiburi.

"I am also confident that the two essays that I am still waiting for their outcome will also win".

So far Exsley has now received more than FJ$4,450 cash plus other benefits from the six essays that he won in the last three years.

If you are interested to read his winning essay please click on the link Exsley's winning essay


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