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Johannesburg 6 June 2019 Pull out your cellphone and start getting creative – it could win you a great new Huawei smartphone or a 30-day opportunity to showcase your pictures online!

To enter, look for interesting ways to depict the competition theme of “Energy” – it could be people jumping for joy, cyclists racing, a waterfall tumbling over rocks, the sun bathing a field with its glow and sharing its energy with the crop, the interior of a busy mall or factory or any other examples of the myriad ways you can portray this inspiring theme.

All pictures must be taken on a cellphone and entered by 15 August 2019 through the social media channels of the organisers, Columba Leadership. To encourage participants from the upcoming youth generation, Columba Leadership has included a special category for anyone not yet 13 years old. The winner and two runners-up will receive a “Little Sun” portable solar lamp.

Columba Leadership is an award-winning, national not-for-profit organisation that is all about the transformative power of great energy. For the past decade, it has worked with nearly 200 disadvantaged high schools in conjunction with the Department of Education. Columba Leadership partners with a school, its principal and teachers, and its learners in building capacity under its motivational challenge, “Activating Youth 2.0”. Over the three-year process, this positive role modelling dramatically changes school cultures as well as enabling the shy to blossom in self-confidence and under-achievers to recoup lost ground.

“We are very proud of these interventions that energise the participants to make the most of their potential – and we want to celebrate it visually in this competition,” says Columba Leadership CEO Tracy Hackland.

The impact of Columba Leadership’s capacity building on participating learners means that 82 percent of their graduates leave school with a diploma or degree-level matric pass. This is the “ready for work, ready to work” stage that Columba Leadership aims for, with approximately 70% of its graduates being employed, studying or volunteering within 6 months of leaving school.

Columba Leadership’s mission to turn learners into leaders through values-driven, experiential learning will soon enter a new phase when its residency at the 15-hectare Nirox Winter Sculpture Park in Kromdraai, Johannesburg, opens in August this year.

About 700 participants a year, including 200 teachers, will benefit as part of a two-year programme of community engagement and youth mobilisation. Fifteen participants at a time will spend six days at the residency, which will include access to artists working in the sculpture park and guided nature tours in the grounds and on the adjoining 100-hectare game farm.

Columba Leadership is funded by more than 40 investors, most of them blue-chip companies. If you would like to become involved at that level, please phone 011-440-5790 or email: info@columba.org.za

“Our programme emphasises that what we see and how we feel about it is a major force shaping our lives,” says Hackland. “This is why we have asked entrants to use their creative energy to portray this in a photograph – it will be exciting to see how many different interpretations we receive!”

Entries for the photo competition must be submitted via social media to Columba Leadership’s Facebook page, Instagram (@ColumbaLeads) or Twitter account (@ColumbaLeads).

ABOUT COLUMBA LEADERSHIP

Columba Leadership is an award-winning, national not-for-profit organisation. For the past decade, it has worked with nearly 200 disadvantaged high schools in conjunction with the Department of Education.

Columba Leadership’s mission is to turn learners into leaders through values-driven, experiential learning.

The impact of Columba Leadership’s capacity building on participating learners means that 82 percent of their graduates leave school with a diploma or degree-level matric pass. Approximately 70% of its graduates being employed, studying or volunteering within 6 months of leaving school.

About 700 participants a year, including 200 teachers,  benefit as part of a two-year programme of community engagement and youth mobilisation.

Source: Columba Leadership