skerpskryf taalmuseum 2016

Skerpskryf kompetisie

“Skerpskryf” writing competition for learners

 “Skerpskryf” is a creative Afrikaans writing competition for grade 7, 10, 11 and 12 learners from Drakenstein. Learners who study Afrikaans as home or additional language are all welcome to enter.

The competition is hosted for the sixth time this year by the Hugenote Gedenkskool in Dal Josafat in collaboration with the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument in Paarl. The Hugenote Gedenkskool was the first school in South African where children were officially taught in Afrikaans.

The competition is to the advantage of every learner who writes in Afrikaans and helps to identify potential young Afrikaans writers. The finalists and their teachers will be invited to attend a prizegiving function at the  Hugenote Gedenkskool where they will participate in a workshop with well-known writers, journalists and bloggers.

There are two categories: Learners in grade 10, 11 and 12 must write a blog in Afrikaans of between 400 and 500 words on the subject “Die belangrikheid van Afrikaans as onderrigtaal” (The importance of Afrikaans as language of learning). A new category has been created for grade 7 learners from rural schools in Drakenstein. They must write an essay of between 250 and 300 words on the subject “Ek en my omgewing” (Me and my environment).

Learners and schools can win great prizes: The overall winner wins R1 000 cash plus a voucher of R1 000 for Afrikaans books. The two winners in the creative and linguistic categories wins R500 cash plus a R500 voucher for Afrikaans books each. The schools of the three winners also receive a voucher of R1 000 for Afrikaans books each. The teacher or persons who motivated the winning entry as well as the teacher who submitted the most entries receives R500 each. The overall primary school winner wins R500, the runner-up R300 and the third prize winner R200. All three also receive a book as prize.

Learners can submit their entries to their Afrikaans teachers. Winners of previous years may enter, but will not qualify for a prize. Entries must be submitted to Janine Brown at the Taalmuseum at 11 Pastorie Avenue, Paarl, by 29 July2016. For enquiries, contact her at 021 872 3441 or