The Amnesty International South Africa Cape Town Community Chapter is inviting grade 9- 12 learners in the Western Cape to participate in the Peter Benenson Writing Competition 2019. Amnesty International is a global human rights movement that campaigns for a world where human rights are enjoyed and respected by all.

The Peter Benenson competition team said in a statement, “We believe the written word equips learners to explore how we can overcome today’s biggest challenges, including climate change, xenophobia and discrimination at the local, national and global level.

Our topic, “taking injustice personally” invites learners to creatively tackle these issues in a solution-oriented manner, with the aim of empowering youth to be the leaders we need.”

Entries can either be a poem, of any length or an essay between 500 and 1 000 words.

The competition’s deadline is 31 July 2019. The winning entries will be published on the Amnesty International South Africa’s website.


1st place: Brownwyn Solecki (17), El Shaddai Christian School

2nd place: Mandisa Banda (16), Westerford High School

3rd place: Caitlyn Schaffer (17), Tafelberg School

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