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Putting the World to ‘Writes’
An argument put forward by a North Shore youngster has won her top honours in a nationwide competition which aimed to prompt young people to consider the impact they can have as consumers.
An essay-writing competition was organised by Trade Aid has resulted in a first place for Rangitoto College student Claudia Russell who was judged to have best answered the question: As consumers we all have power. Does this power come with responsibilities?
Local winner Claudia, who scooped the North Shore area title and national top spot, impressed the judging panel with her powerful persuasive writing.
Her 1450-word award-winning essay began: “Since the industrial revolution, societies have flourished and fallen in response to the world’s production and trade. This is directly related to the choices that we, as consumers, make on a daily basis. Being consumers we all have the responsibility to ensure that we are buying ethically, and this means that we make an effort to purchase goods which are produced in a way that is not detrimental to people, animals or the environment.”
Auckland Education Trust Chairwoman Raewyn Lucich said: “We were impressed with the standard of entries. Claudia showed insight and intelligent thinking throughout her submission. She had clearly researched the subject area thoroughly to produce a well-constructed, persuasive piece of writing.”
The purpose of the essay was to encourage students to think critically about their role as consumers, the relationship between international trade and poverty, the people who make our products and the conditions these are made in, eg: the Bangladeshi garment factory collapse in Dhaka April 2013, and alternative trading models, such as Trade Aid’s fair trade model.
Claudia won a $50 Trade Aid voucher (regional prize), the national prize was $200 cash and bag of Trade Aid goodies for the school.