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Road safety will be the focus of this year’s World Telecommunications and Information Society Day. (FP)

ICTs and Improving Road Safety is this year’s theme for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD).?? And, the Telecommunications Unit of the Ministry of Energy is encouraging children to use their creativity to share their views on the issue.

Observed annually on May 17, WTISD will see the Ministry host colouring, poster and essay competitions for primary and secondary school students in three age categories.

Students aged five to seven may participate in either the colouring or the colouring and caption competition, under the same theme.?? The image to be used for entry may be downloaded from the ???WTISD 17 May 2013 Competition’ link on the website http://www.telecoms.gov.bb/.??

Eight to 11 year-olds may use their skills to create a slogan to accompany either a bumper sticker or poster, which highlights Eliminating the Use of Cellphones while Driving.?? Students’ artwork will be judged on creativity, use of colour, and the slogan’s impact, with the bumper sticker to be sized 4" by 11"; while?? the poster should be 30" by 50" in size and created using pencils, pens, markers, crayons, etc.?? Students are also encouraged to use recycled items such as bottle caps, straws, and paper clips in their entries.

The essay contest, which will be judged on content, research and relevance, will see secondary school students aged 11 to 16 write on the topic Barbadian Drivers are Being Distracted by the Use of Technological Devices! What Can Be Done to Eliminate this Unsafe Practice?

Submissions must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words; double spaced in a 12 point sized font; and include a bibliography and at least two sources (e.g. internet, books, newspaper articles, interviews).

Entries should be submitted by Friday, May 3, to the Telecommunications Unit, Trinity Business Complex, Country Road, St. Michael.

nekaelia.hutchinson@barbados.gov.bb

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