Monday, 15 August 2022

Pupil bids for young reporter award

A PUPIL at the Piggott School in Wargrave has reached the last 10 of a national writing competition.

A PUPIL at the Piggott School in Wargrave has reached the last 10 of a national writing competition.

Rosalind Byard-Jones is just one round away from reaching the final of Amnesty International’s young human rights reporter of the year award, which will be held in London on April 29.

The 16-year-old from Reading wrote an article about slums in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her mother was born in the country and Rosalind herself was born in the city of Yogyakarta.

She said: “My inspiration for this subject was largely due to personal experience. As soon as my teacher suggested entering the competition, I knew I wanted to write about Jakarta’s slums.

“While I love going back to visit Indonesia, seeing the poverty which still exists made me realise that the need for change is always present. Being on the shortlist for this award is a new and exciting experience for me, as well as highly unexpected. It’s an honour to be part of this year’s competition and I hope that this article can help raise awareness on an issue close to my heart.”

Tim Byard-Jones, Rosalind’s father, said: “I am delighted that Rosi’s passion for the subject and the way she has channelled her conscience into her writing have been recognised in this way. I hope that this competition will help her and others to raise awareness of the world’s ills and campaign for their eradication.”

Rosalind was encouraged to enter by her English teacher Jacqui O’Reilly.

Mrs O’Reilly said: “I am delighted to hear that Rosi has been shortlisted. She is not only a thoughtful and caring person but also a devotee of English. I wish her the very best of luck in the competition.”

More than 1,300 young people from around the country entered this year’s contest.

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