2nd year CUEA law student, Barbara Chebet is the second runners up winner of the 4th African Organisation for Standardization (ARSO) Essay writing Competition.
Barbara was awarded in an event held at a Nairobi hotel on Wednesday, March 22. She received a recognition certificate and 50,000 Kshs for the feat.
She was quite ecstatic upon learning that her essay had emerged among the top three. “When I penned the article I did not expect to win”, she said in an interview after the event.
Her article was titled; “The role of standards in facilitating the rights of women”. It looked at the role that standards could play in giving better access to women rights on Education, Agriculture, Business and Healthcare.
She learnt of the competition in November 2016, through a WhatsApp message shared by her class representative on their class WhatsApp group. The 800 word article took her about two weeks to pen.
Barbara describes herself as an avid reader and writer and was hence very eager to participate in the competition. She has been contributing articles in an online portal that earns her some pay once in a while. Recently she joined a book club run by the Text Book centre which meets every month to discuss a selected text.
Asked about what she would do with the prize money she said that she had already invested in a number of books including the next text for the book club meet and was thinking of other beneficial investment options.
Barbara and the other top two winners have been invited to attend the ARSO week in June, 2017 to be held in Bukina Faso. She and other top 25 participants will have their essays assessed for the continental award.