Getting one's point across clearly and efficiently is key to good communication, and it's a skill young people should master as early as possible. Learning to write well not only opens doors for writers but for others as well; stories bring readers to new worlds they wouldn't or couldn't otherwise explore, but only if they're written well.
Young, bold, ambitious and innovative, the indomitable spirit of youths is at the very heart of a progressive society. We rely on them for fresh ideas, ground breaking initiatives and foresight to chart the course of the nation. Today, more than ever before, there is an urgent need for the youths of our generation to stand up and make their voices heard, and also for the rest of us to pay attention to our leaders of tomorrow.
Writing is a wonderful way for people, especially young people, to express themselves. Under the right guidance, writing can lead to marvellous insights about oneself and the world. It is one of the many gifts humans are endowed with to find self expression and knowledge. Among them are the gifts of art in its various forms, music, singing, dance, acting, photography and so on. All these gifts should be nurtured, because they are all of equal value. Those who find joy in writing should write, and be encouraged to do so. That's why I think this MF-PLF Writing and Photo Competition is such a brilliant initiative.
Fiction is the art of imagination which allows young people to get insights into reality, while at the same time allowing for the development of creativity, mental discipline and a control of language.