Seychellois students excel in essay segment of international competition


Seychelles to host debate segment of the contest


Several students from Seychelles have excelled in the essay component of the Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) International Schools Essay and Debate Competition for 2018.

Three secondary school finalists -- Nailah Philoe, Hope Maria and Ellianne Joubert -- managed the incredible achievement of being placed in the

top 10% of all submissions. Ellery Fock-Yune also did very well and was given an honourable mention for being placed in the top 33% of


There were even more successful primary school students, with finalists Luke Alcindor and Ian Barallon shortlisted among the top 10 medallists in the primary school category. Liam Barbe, Erin Lesperance, Renane Marie-Jeanne, Ethan Arong, Shaopaule Isnard and Reuben Furneau have all received honourable mentions.

The second phase of the competition is the debate, which will take place in July 2018, and Seychelles has been selected as the host country. All of the students who participated in the essay competition are eligible to take part in the debate.

Seychelles has had a long association with The Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL) through various memoranda of understanding and the National Botanical Gardens Foundation.

The former Seychelles high commissioner to the UK, Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd, is a member of the TSL board, and many Seychellois students have participated in the international essay competition over the years, including being selected as finalists in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

Now that the essay component of the competition is over, students and organisers are gearing up for phase two.

The theme for the 2018 global essay competition and debate “invites schoolchildren to explore practical ways to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources”.

Through two phases of the competition children are given the opportunity to share their best ideas for conserving and sustainably using the ocean. The first phase of the competition took place in December last year with essays submitted by primary students (ages 7 – 11) and secondary students (ages 11 – 17). The essays were entitled: ‘My plan to protect and manage our oceans, seas and marine resources’. An international panel of judges, drawn from experts and educationalists in the field, selected the winning entries for each age category.

As a nation with strong cultural and economic ties to the ocean, the marine theme for the 2018 competition makes Seychelles a fitting host for the event. The debate will give Seychelles the opportunity to showcase our leading role in the Blue Economy as well as our institutional capacity for environmental education.

The debate will take place from July 2-7, 2018, with primary and secondary student debates, educational ocean-themed visits and talks, and a special children’s conference all forming part of an action packed week. It is being coordinated by a National Steering Committee appointed by the Minister for Education and Human Resource Development.

Most of the events will be taking place at the Savoy Resort & Spa on Mahé, but other establishments and islands will also be involved. The event is expected to be attended by between 150 and 200 schoolchildren, parents and teachers from all the participating countries including Seychelles.

The ocean is more threatened than ever before and the 2018 TSL International Schools Essay Competition and Debate promises to be an exciting solution - centred event that will help to develop the future leaders of ocean conservation.

More information and the lists of finalists and honourable mentions can be found at:

Contact details for TSL Debate Seychelles Steering Committee are as follows:

Chairperson: Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 2511089

Ministry of Environment, Energy & Climate Change: Jeannette Larue: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 2723997

SIF Communications Officer: Lynsey Rimbault: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 2521304







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