Hadiah McBean, a student of the St. Joseph High School copped second place and carted off a cash price of US$750, when the
CARICOM Competition Commission (CCC) held its inaugural Secondary School Essay Writing Competition.

The competition concluded on March 31, 2020, and was a key component of the
advocacy drive by the CCC to foster a competition and consumer culture in the region.

Students were challenged to think about the importance and benefits of competition and consumer protection laws to the Caribbean.

The CCC received 50 entries from students across the CARICOM. There were two age categories for students: ages 12-15 and 16-19.

They were asked to write on one of two topics: a) “How does fair competition among businesses benefit me and my region?” and
b) “How does consumer protection law benefit me and my Region?”

Guyana’s very own Hadiah McBean of the St. Joseph High School placed second in the age 12-15 category and won for herself US$750.

CCC has since commended students for the high quality of essays submitted and for their creativity in the use of pictures and videos in some instances, to articulate their views on the benefits of competition and consumer protection laws.

The top three essays from both age categories will be published on the CCC’s website this month and the next top five in each category will also be published throughout the year, to not only showcase the hard work of the students, but also for future educational purposes of their colleagues.

This regional essay competition was made possible with partnership of the United
Nations Children Fund (UNICEF),the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and
Barbados Fair Trading Commission (BFTC), among others.


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