Established in 1977, Eutelsat is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. In 2011, together with Pay TV African partner MultiChoice Africa, a pan-African student competition was launched called the “DStv Eutelsat Star Awards”, the principal aim being to promote satellite technology in all African schools.
For the 2014 competition, the international Jury meeting and the winning ceremony took place in Zambia in February 2015 in the presence of high-profile government members, public institutions, and leading personalities from the broadcasting industry. In the winning category of best poster , 1st place was awarded to Hannah Kasule (Uganda from Gayaza High school) who was awarded with a trip to France with her guardian. Her trip will include a visit to the Eutelsat head offices located in Paris and the satellite manufacturer Airbus Defence & Space based in Toulouse (South western France).
The competition is an annual event that garners entries from a variety of schools. In 2014 over 1000 entries were received from the continent. In Uganda over 20 schools participated in 2014, with the top 4 winners coming from Kings College Budo and Gayaza High school. The 2015 DStv Eutelsat Awards 2015 are slated to be launched end of May 2015.