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Winners of Logo Design Competition for 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers Awarded

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Bahamas Information Services Nassau, The Bahamas The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced the winner and finalists of the logo design competition for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19CCEM) and unveiled their submissions during a press conference, July 28.

Daniel Hanna’s maypole design signifying the unity of all participating countries in the 19CCEM to be held in The Bahamas from June 22-26, 2015 was the overall winning entry.

Daniel Hanna, winner of the logo design competition for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers talks about his winning entry during a press conference at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)


“It is a collective product that signifies unity. It does not matter the paths that cross around the maypole, they merge and mesh,” said Hanna of the 1000 delegates expected to participate in the conference.”

Hanna received a Samsung Galaxy S5, a Mini IPad and $1,000 cash prize. Damasco Gray, the 2nd place winner received a Samsung Galaxy 5 and $750 and Daniel Williams, third place finisher, won a Samsung Galaxy 5 and $500.

Attracting some 50 entries including submissions from artists in several Family Islands, Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology described the competition as a “national undertaking”.

“This logo will tell the world that the 19th CCEM is being held in The Bahamas,” said Minister Fitzgerald. “After its unveiling today, it will appear on all literature, bags, shirts, paraphernalia and in all print and digital media including the website and Facebook page associated with the conference.”

Damaso Gray, (4th from left) 2nd place finisher in the logo design contest in the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers receives his prizes. Pictured from left is Ambrose Fernander, Ministry of Tourism; Nicole Campbell, Permanent Secretary; Mr. Gray and Marcellus Taylor, Deputy Director. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna).


The Education Minister said the logo identifies the conference and allows The Bahamas, as the host country, to brand it in a unique way.

“In addition to proclaiming the theme, Quality Education for Equitable Development: Performance, Paths and Productivity”, the artists had to show the importance and the inter-connectedness of these elements to education leaders and the 2.2 billion citizens of the Commonwealth,” he said.

Daniel Williams, third place finisher (4th from left) in the logo design contest for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers accepts his prizes. From left is Nicole Campbell, Permanent Secretary; Ambrose Fernander, Ministry of Tourism; Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Mr. Williams and Marcellus Taylor, Deputy Director. (BIS photo/Patrick Hanna).
He reiterated that the conference will facilitate the exchange of best practices in education, promote goodwill and foster mutual respect and cooperation between delegates and member states.

The conference, which will be held at Atlantis, Paradise Island, is intended to:

*increase the understanding of Commonwealth ministers and senior officials of critical issues in education;
*examine barriers to equity, access and quality education and identify key enabling factors to address these issues;
*gain the commitment of Ministers to specific actions identified at the conference and
*discuss the process for aligning plans and strategies to support the achievement of the new goals and targets of the Post-2015 education development framework within the Commonwealth’s priorities, processes and platforms.

The Logo Design Committee is chaired by Ambrose Fernander of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Pamela Chandler, senior education officer in the Ministry of Education. John Beadle, Jollyon Smith and Dion Benjamin-Smith served as judges.

Minister Fitzgerald also announced plans for the launch of the 19th CCEM Song Competition, a search for the song that promotes unity between member states of the Commonwealth and heralds the importance of education.