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Teams from South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania are Awarded First Prizes of "Atoms Empowering Africa" Youth Video Competition
September 27, 2018  

Supplied by Minx Avrabos from SAIEE



Teams from South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania are awarded first prizes of “Atoms Empowering Africa” Youth Video Competition

The awarding ceremony to take place in Johannesburg on 16 October 2018

Winners will travel to Russia on all expenses paid trip in late November 2018

September 26, 2018. The public and independent jury have cast their votes and the winners of the “Atoms Empowering Africa” Youth Video Competition have officially been selected. Four teams from South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania received the highest number of votes from both the jury and the public. The winning teams will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Russia and the contestants of the top seven shortlisted videos will all receive power banks and diplomas to thank them for their exceptional work and valiant efforts.

The highest number of votes were received by three teams: two South African teams and one Tanzanian team. The top-three videos were determined based on number of comments left by Facebook users. The independent jury also awarded their special decision to a contestant from Nigeria due to exceptional effort and great attention to technical detail shown in the video.

The award ceremony will take place on the 16th of October 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. All winning teams and their supporters are invited. During the ceremony there will be screening of winners’ videos and a lecture about benefits of nuclear energy. The organizers will include the winners from outside South Africa into the ceremony via video link.

The dates of the trip have been shifted to late November 2018 to accommodate all participants of the trip and avoid interference with planned events and university exams.

The list of winners who are awarded first prize – all-expenses paid trip to Russia:

· Winner #1 - video “ How would you explain the benefits of the peaceful atom to your fellow Africans? ” by Veronica Kgabisang Gouws, Koketso Kgorinyane, Naomi Mokhine from South Africa.

· Winner #2 – video “H ow would you explain the benefits of the peaceful atom to your fellow Africans ” by Harriet Mphaho and Thabo Mametja from South Africa.

· Winner #3 – video " Going Nuclear : Africa's Energy Future " by Sophia Abeid, George Davis Bilali and Suzane Constantine Mumba from Tanzania.

· Special decision winner – video “ Sustainable development goals ” by Ugenyi Igbokwe from Nigeria.

List of winners who are awarded with a diploma and a second prize of a powerbank:

· Video by “ Peaceful Atom for Africa: Who & Why ” by Irvine Lumumba and Grace Malele from Kenya.

· Video “ Nuclear Energy For A Greater Africa ” by David Mwaka, Isaac Kiprotich and Donald Kemboi from Kenya.

· Video " Atoms Empowering Africa By Anaeli And Clement " by Clement Masele and Anaeli O. Kisanga from Tanzania.

Jury comments:

“As for me, videos are excellent. I was impressed by their powerful nuclear message. They totally deserve full marks. To my mind, everyone should watch this”, – commented the jury member Gaopalelwe Santswere, AYGN President.

“I am amazed by the quality and comprehensibility of all the videos shortlisted and have given the highest scores to six of seven of them, – said jury member Dr. Anthonie Cilliers SAN-NEST National Coordinator”.

“Very well put together - the presenters are energetic and make the viewer want to learn more about atomic energy”, - noted the jury member Minx Avrabos, Managing Editor of SAIEE magazine ”wattnow”.

Mr. Dmitry Shornikov, CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa comments: “We at Rosatom view education and youth development as a priority. “Atom Empowering Africa” Video Competition is running for the 4th year already. It is aimed at encouraging students to do their own research into various nuclear applications for peaceful use. We are happy to support youth empowerment through this competition and hope it allows more young people from Sub-Saharan African to research how atomic technologies can benefit all Africa ns.”

About the competition:

The video competition ran from June to September 2018, young people were invited to research and to make their videos about various nuclear technologies, their applications and benefits for Africa, post them online and take a chance to win educative week-long journey to Russian nuclear facilities and landmarks. More than 30 students from Sub-Saharan Africa took part in the contest ran by Rosatom in cooperation with African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN), South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and South African Network for Nuclear Education Science and Technology (SAN NEST). Members of these organizations comprised jury panel and cast their votes then allowing the public to decide the winners. The jury chose seven videos that were published on participants’ personal Facebook pages and collected the biggest number of “likes”. Jury’s choice was based on the number of initial “likes” each video received and such criteria as creativity, comprehensibility and impact. Teams from Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are among the shortlisted.

About the organizers:

African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) is a non-profit organization bringing together national networks (YGNs) for young professionals in nuclear field and other related disciplines. The AYGN’s prime mission is to address the socio-economic issues of the continent through promoting peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology by educating the general public and facilitating knowledge transfer from the current generation of leading nuclear industry experts to the young generations. This is effectively done by offering a platform to share, exchange ideas and network on issues related to nuclear science and technology in Africa and globally. For more information, please check: https://www.facebook.com/AfricanYGN/

The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM is one of the global technological leaders It brings together nuclear power and power engineering assets, as well as NPP design and construction. ROSATOM holds first place for the largest portfolio of foreign construction projects (36 NPP Units in 12 countries, covers 17% of the global nuclear fuel market and also manufactures equipment and produces isotopes for nuclear medicine, carries out research, material studies. ROSATOM brings together over 300 enterprises and organizations, including the world's only nuclear icebreaker fleet. For more information, please check: www.rosatom.com

The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), formed in 1909, has grown to more than 6000 professional engineers. Members are professionally engaged in the full range of engineering activities, which includes academic research, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, measurement and control, mining, and power infrastructural services. Our members make meaningful contributions to the quality of life in communities and the steady advancement of technology. For more information, please visit: https://www.saiee.org.za/

South African Network for Nuclear Education Science and Technology (SAN NEST) ’s objective is a suitably qualified and experienced nuclear personnel employed by nuclear science and technology programmes in South Africa with the aim of strengthening the nuclear science and technology education programs to better meet future demands in terms of quality, capacity and relevancy. For more information, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/company/south-africa-network-for-nuclear-education-science-and-technology/