The Amnesty International Thailand Young Journalist of the Year competition is in its second year and is proving to be a popular fixture in the schools calendar, with 16 different schools from across Thailand taking part this year.
The Key Stage 3 competition was won by Bel from Regents International School Pattaya with her essay entitled Women are Worth It. “I am very happy to have won the award for my paper and I hope it will raise awareness of women’s rights in the future.”
Julianne in Year 13 at Regents was awarded the competition’s Certificate for Outstanding Presentation following her stirring presentation, A Story Behind the Bright Lights of Pattaya.
The 20 shortlisted essays were judged by Alec Bamford of Amnesty International Thailand and Pravit Rojanaphruk, journalist with The Nation newspaper. Alec Bamford commented: “It was refreshing to see students source their own information, choose topics that challenged themselves, and deal with a familiar topic from an original perspective.”