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UWI children’s research centre announces winners of nature poster contest

For Release Upon Receipt - December 12, 2012

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies Family Development and Children’s Research Centre (UWI/FDCRC), in collaboration with the World Forum on Early Care and Education and the Clinton Global Initiative, is pleased to announce the winners of its National Poster and Art Competition based on the theme “Reconnecting the world’s children to nature.” In the category seven years and under, first place went to Joshua Khan, second place to Shania Narinesingh, and third place to Joshua Jattan.

In the 8-13 years category, the winner was Darnell Mathias-Harewood, while Maegan Amow took second place and Nykosi Cayonne third. And in the 14-18 years category, the top spot was taken by Chioma Emesiani, with the second place going to Rennie Mohan, and the third place to Vernice Bobb.

Prizes awarded in each category are units in the First Money Market Scheme of the TT Unit Trust Corporation:

  1. Under-seven years: 1st prize – $1,500; 2nd prize – $1,000; 3rd prize – $750;
  2. 8-13 years: 1st prize – $2,500; 2nd prize – $2,000; 3rd prize – $1,200;
  3. 14-18 years: 1st prize – $5,000; 2nd prize – $3,500; 3rd prize – $2,000.

More than 200 entries were submitted for the poster competition which sought to engage children of all ages with the natural world. The contestants were asked to create a poster using natural materials such as dirt, stones, twigs, seeds, leaves, petals, rice grains and shells to illustrate their interpretation of one of three themes: “Saving our earth,” “It’s easy being green” or “Inside our outside.”  

Congratulations to all the winners! The winning entries and those that received special mention can be viewed online after 8 January 2013 at the Family Development and Children’s Research Centre’s website at


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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with 45 physical site locations across the region, serving 16 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Food & Agriculture, and Social Sciences.

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)