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South African learner wins Oxford University Press centenary stamp competition

South African learner wins Oxford University Press centenary stamp competition

08 December 2015

South African learner Junaid Opperman (pictured centre) won a national OUP South Africa postage stamp competition today.

“My Education, My Future” is a national artwork and creative writing competition launched by OUP to commemorate 100 years of publishing in the country. It is run in partnership with the South African Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Department of Basic Education, and the Post Office.

A total of 90 schools participated in the educational artwork and creative writing project for the development of the centenary stamp, with 1,800 learners taking part. The winning stamp will be available in January 2016 at selected South African post offices and online.
 
Jumaid’s victory was announced at an awards ceremony in Pretoria today, and another 56 winners will receive their prizes at provincial prize-giving ceremonies in the new year. All 23 schools that produced winning entries will also receive book donations for their libraries.

“We recognise the power of education to uplift individuals and communities,” said OUP Southern Africa, Managing Director Steve Cilliers: “We have already donated 20,000 dictionaries with our ‘Every Child Deserves a Dictionary’ campaign earlier this year, but we also wanted to commemorate the occasion by having a centenary stamp developed, involving and rewarding school learners in South Africa.”

Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education in South Africa said: “The initiative supports the Department of Basic Education’s key focus areas with regard to the improvement of literacy through improving reading and writing skills; the provision of Learner Teacher Support Material and school library resources; learner well-being and the promotion of a holistic school environment through the use of art and creative writing.”

Trevor Ndlazi, South African Post Office Acting Group Chief Executive Officer added: “We were pleased to see the quality of the stamp designs received from learners participating in this competition. Involving South African school learners in creating the artwork for this stamp provided a good opportunity for them to contribute to the creation of a memorable stamp,”

OUP Southern Africa was established in 1915 in Cape Town. It is one of the leading educational publishers in Southern Africa for curriculum-based school materials and higher education titles, and publishes a range of respected bilingual dictionaries for local languages.  The stamp competition concludes a year of centenary celebrations, which included a major dictionary donations campaign, Every Child Deserves a Dictionary.