In celebration of 20 years of freedom in South Africa, Google asked local school children to create a doodle which the kids felt would depict the ‘South Africa of Their Dreams’. This past weekend Google decided upon the winner from all the entries for the Doodle 4 Google competition, and awarded it to Grade 8 pupil Katya Ludick.

The student from Noordheuwel High School in Krugersdorp created a doodle that imaged what South Africa would be like without animal poaching.

“The reflection symbolises 20 years of freedom. In my South African dream, there is no more poaching. We must fight for those that can’t speak,” Ludick explained.

Noorheuwel High School will receive a R100 000 technology grant, while Ludick’s drawing will be featured on the Google homepage on 3 December.

“Google’s doodles have been surprising and delighting visitors to our home page for many years – and what better way to surprise and delight than by asking children to doodle their dreams for South Africa. If the future of South Africa looks but a little like the collage of drawings we’ve collected during Doodle 4 Google, we have a lot to look forward to,” said Elizma Nolte, country marketing manager for Google South Africa.

The top twenty doodles can be seen here, and the overall category winners were:

  • Age: 6-8 – Kayleigh Breytenbach – Sabie Preparatory School
  • Age: 9-11 – Zehiye Rahman – Clarendon Preparatory School
  • Age: 12-14 – Katya Ludick – Noordheuwel High School (Overall Winner)
  • Age 15-17 – Alexandra Wuzyk – Secunda High School
[Source, Images – Google]
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