Young Reporter scoops 1st place in international competition

One of Scotland’s Young Reporters has won 1st place in her category of the international Young Reporters for the Environment competition, chosen as the best entry from 34 countries.

Amanda Amaeshi, a student at Dollar Academy, has been chosen as the winner of the 11-14 age category for her article entitled ‘The Food Waste Crisis’ which you can read here. For her report Amanda investigated the causes of, and potential solutions to the major issue of food waste.

After being announced as a winner of the Young Reporters Scotland competition at our awards ceremony in March, Amanda’s report was submitted to the international competition to be judged against entries from around the world. A jury of stakeholders in environmental journalism and Education for Sustainable Development decided the winners of this year’s competition, with Amanda’s article coming out on top in her age group.

Amanda said:

"I’m really proud of myself for winning Young Reporters for the Environment. I never expected it, and I was amazed and shocked when I received the email.

When you ask people about environmental issues, normally the first thing that comes to mind is 'Global Warming! Pollution!' But, no one really talks about food waste, something which we all contribute to and something which affects us, so that's why I decided to write about it. Food waste is an important issue, and I hope my article encourages people to be aware of how much food they waste and make changes to reduce it."

As a result of winning, Amanda's report will be published on the Huffington Post kids website, reaching an international audience. More information on the announcement which was made on 5 June, World Environment Day, is available here.

This year’s Young Reporters Scotland competition is now open for entries. You can find out more about taking part here.

13 June 2017

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