Bahawalpur, January 17, 2017 (PPI-OT):A prize distribution ceremony for a School Art Contest jointly organized by the High Commission of Canada in Pakistan and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was held at the Government Girls Sadiq Model High School in Bahawalpur yesterday. The High Commissioner of Canada, His Excellency Perry John Calderwood, and the UNICEF Representative in Pakistan, Ms. Angela Kearney presented prizes to the winners of the competition and the three participating schools.
The objective of the contest was to give young girls and boys a chance to express their artistic creativity around the theme: ‘How does the elimination of violence and use of technology positively affect the lives of girls and boys and their families?’ The theme reflected two important elements of the Sustainable Development Goals for national development.
After colourful performances of the students, in which the younger ones performed “the dance of the butterflies” and the older ones a choreography calling for tolerance and peace in the world, the Representative of UNICEF in Pakistan, Ms Angela Kearney thanked the Canadian people for their extraordinary commitment to the cause of children in Pakistan: “We at UNICEF and the children of Pakistan know that we can always count on the continuous support of Canada.”
The contest was second of a series organized to acknowledge the generous support of Canadian Dollars 41.4 million from the Government of Canada to UNICEF for implementing its programmes in Pakistan including polio eradication, support for Temporarily Displaced Population and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools. The first contest was organized in 2015 in three schools of Peshawar.
A total number of 90 students of primary to secondary high level from three schools of South Punjab, two from Rajanpur district and one from Bahawalpur, participated in the contest. An art kit including colour pencils, crayons, markers etc. was given to each student by CHC and UNICEF prior to the contest. The selected artwork from the contest has been used to develop a joint CHC/UNICEF table calendar and wall planner 2017 and distributed amongst participating schools, students and respective partners of the CHC and UNICEF.
To the great surprise of the pupils High Commissioner, Mr Perry John Calderwood gave his remarks partly in Urdu and said: “I congratulate all of the students who participated in the poster competition. The posters demonstrate great artistic creativity and the keen interest of the students to contribute to progress in their communities and country.” The winning students and the school received a variety of books and encyclopaedias as prizes.
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