In 1998, with the intention of contributing to the development of Education some members of QUIPUNET on SEDERUL (Rural Development Service) email list developed a Virtual Competition of Writing  of interest was formed open to Junior High School Students of Public Educational Centers of Peru, especially in rural areas. The topic chosen for the composition was “The Natural Resources of my Country”.

The Competition was offered as an incentive to secondary students to familiarize themselves with the Tools of the INTERNET and to be able to take part in its benefit for the development of their local communities. They would experience a form of communication with the outside World to make known their concerns, their problems and their experiences.

The principal objectives of the writing competitions were to:

  • To awaken and stimulate in young people the use of the Tools of the Internet and the advantages that this represented for their personal development and that of their community.
  • To allow the children and young people to interrelate with the whole country (PERU) and not only to know the realities of their own region but also that of other regions.
  • To contribute to improve the relationships among students, professors, family and community, motivating the solidarity to unite their efforts and to achieve their goals.

Reception of the compositions were set for October 19 to December 4, 1998. The students were evaluated writing, spelling, originality, depth and presentation. The Jury was a team of professionals and University professors in Peru and other countries. The Awards Ceremony took place on December 18, 1998 in Conference Room of the Peruvian Scientific Network in Lima, Peru. The following table is the list of winners of the composition contest.

 

Place

Student Names

Educational Center

 

City

Province

1

Johanna Esperanza Gutierrez Panduro

Francisco A. de Zela

Tacna

Tacna

2

Every Diaz Arias

Abel Toro Contreras

Pacanga

La Libertad

3

Darika Maribel Castañeda Lezerna

Abel Toro Contreras

Pacanga

La Libertad

4

Lisbeth Miriam Hermani Aldude

Nuestra Sra. De la Asunción

Arequipa

Arequipa

5

Melchorita Patricia Magallanes Cabrera

Santa Ana

Chincha

Ica

6

Marissa Elsa Ureta Palacios

Nuestra Sra. De Lourdes

Lima-Los Olivos

Lima

7

Magaly Esquivel Palomino

Francisco A de Zela

Tacna

Tacna

8

Roxana Alarcón Escobar

Francisco de Zela

Tacna

Tacna

9

Maria del Carmen Atuncar Medrano

Santa Ana

Chincha

Ica

10

Rosario de Fatima Villacorta Castro

Francisco A. de Zela

Tacna

Tacna

11

Paola Rodriguez Medrano

Santa Ana

Chincha

Ica

12

Sandy Estela Poblete Tenorio

Francisco A. de Zela

Tacna

Tacna

13

Anyl Vijay Rios Pinedo

Cesar Vallejo

Iquitos

Loreto

14

Deyse Raquel Yucra Mamani

Francisco de Zela

Tacna

Tacna

15

Solisca Evelyn Donayre Revoredo

Santa Ana

Chincha

Ica

16

Elvis Angel Bejar Perez

Inca Garcilaso de la Vega

Cusco

Cusco

 

With an investment of $ 2,500, (USD), we had developed a methodology to continue making these types of contests. The cooperation of entities such as CPR, Inictel, and EduRed (of the Ministry of Education) had been achieved.  It had been possible to encourage children, teachers, schools and cities to participate.