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CONGRATULATIONS TO COSTI'S 2020 REFUGEES & HUMAN RIGHTS CHILD & YOUTH POETRY CONTEST WINNERS!

The winners of COSTI’s 2020 Refugees & Human Rights Child & Youth Poetry Contest were announced on June 18, 2020, in recognition of World Refugee Day. Pina Alberelli-Arone, President of COSTI and Executive Director, praised participants for their achievement during our virtual event.

The leadership team from participating schools, family and friends, came together to congratulate the students and celebrate their achievements. First Prize Winners Ana Ciurea, Darwin Li and Athena Ma read their poems to everyone present.

While during this pandemic we experienced social distancing and interruption in learning, we were pleased to receive a good representation of poems from schools across the Greater Toronto Area.  The poems were evaluated by a selection committee and judged on the basis of originality, creative imagination, characterization, artistic quality, and adherence to the topic. Thanks to our selection committee for their ongoing support for the contest. 

The purpose of COSTI’s Refugees & Human Rights Child & Youth Poetry Contest is to bring greater attention to human rights abuses and the plight of refugees. The competition was open to all students in Grades 4-12 that attend school in the Province of Ontario.

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2020 Poetry Contest! First Prize winners received Apple Airpods with Wireless Charging Case, Second Prize winners received Beats Solo3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones and Third Prize winners were presented with Beats Solo3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.

 

DIVISION I: GRADES 4 TO 6 WINNERS

1st Prize
ANA CIUREA
Age 10
Baythorn Public School, Grade 5

2nd Prize
ANAMARIA SAVIC
Age 10
Baythorn Public School, Grade 5

3rd Prize
ALEXIS PEREIRA
Age 10
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Burlington, Grade 4

 

DIVISION II: GRADES 7 TO 8 WINNERS

1st Prize
DARWIN LI
Age 13
Upper Canada College, Grade 7

2nd Prize
FAYE BLOCK
Age 12
Robbins Hebrew Academy, Grade 7

3rd Prize
RYKAA SHETTY
Age 13
Lynn Rose College, Grade 8

 

DIVISION III: GRADES 9 TO 12 WINNERS

1st Prize
ATHENA MA
Age 15
St. Brother Andre Catholic High School, Grade 10

2nd Prize
NIMRAT KALIRAI
Age 14
Iroquois Ridge High School, Grade 9

3rd Prize
SULAIMAN ALSHAMI
Age 20

Bishop P.F. Reding Catholic Secondary School, Grade 12

Please take a moment to read the inspirational poems. Click on the following links to read the prizing winning poems: 1st Prize Winning Poems, 2nd Prize Winning Poems and 3rd Prize Winning Poems

Contest History

In 2009 the UNHCR Toronto Office and COSTI organized the first Refugee and Human Rights Child and Youth Poetry Contest in commemoration of World Refugee Day, 2020. The purpose of the contest has been to bring human rights education, particularly awareness of the refugee situation, to the Canadian classroom. By asking youth to write poetry about refugees and human rights, acts as a tool to encourage Canada’s future to think as humanitarian and compassionate leaders towards their brothers and sisters living worldwide. Today, COSTI continues to sponsor the contest. The organization believes that the contest is a vehicle for education regarding the refugee experience and also human rights.