Talented high school students receive ‘Jinnah Writers Award’ in Turkish capital

The award ceremony for the 5th edition of the essay competition saw the participation of the Turkish Deputy Minister of Education and the Pakistani Ambassador

Talented high school students in Turkey received the “Jinnah Young Writers Awards” on Tuesday at a ceremony organized by the Pakistani Embassy in Ankara, in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Education.

The award ceremony of the fifth edition of the essay competition saw the participation of Turkish Deputy Education Minister Petek Askar and Pakistani Ambassador to Ankara Syrus Sajjad Qazi.

Speaking on the occasion, Askar said, “It is our duty to strengthen the bridge of brotherhood and friendship that our ancestors built in the past.”

“Joint initiatives, such as the Jinnah Young Writers Award, aimed to further deepen cooperation in the field of education and cement the bonds of friendship between the two countries,” she said.

She pointed out that Pakistani students studying in Turkey and in Turkish Maarif Foundation schools in Pakistan reflect growing cooperation between the two countries in the field of education.

Qazi, for his part, said the two countries were celebrating “75 years of bilateral diplomatic relations”.

“To carry forward the legacy of our ancestors, the vision of the leaders of the two countries would remain to transform this historic relationship into a strong strategic partnership, encompassing all areas of human endeavour, particularly in the field of education and culture,” he said.

High school student Kader Uluduz, from Turkey’s Black Sea province of Trabzon, clinched the top spot while second prize went to Ibrahim Donmez from the southeastern province of Hatay.

Nida Nur Ozmen from the central province of Konya got the third position.

Masallah Demir from the southern province of Adana, Cemre Tuana from southeastern Batman and Ezgi Gocer from Adana received “Honourable Mention”.

Named after Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, the essay contest is one of the main features of the Pakistan Embassy’s public diplomacy initiatives.

The essay contest is held every year among high school students in Turkey.

The theme for the fifth round of the competition was Past, Present and Future of Brotherly Relations between Pakistan and Turkey.

Sharon P. Juarez