This past autumn, during the last Diwali Holiday, (Festival of Lights) in India, we launched a collage competition among students of schools in the Pune region.
The main goal of this contest was to gather the maximum number possible of children and youths to raise awareness on environmental problems and possible solutions; demonstrate how they can be more sustainable in their daily lives; and facilitate an exchange of ideas between them.
Letters were sent to schools to inform them about the competition, and many students participated. The response in general was very much positive: 13 schools in the Pune region participated, with around 1,500 students from 5th to 10th grade, (10 to 17 years old), divided in two groups.
Children and youths were very enthusiastic and did beautiful and original creations. More pictures of their work are available in our photo gallery. Teachers’ cooperation was crucial and they did also enjoy taking part in the initiative.
With the competition we aimed at raising awareness about the role of children and youths as the hope of the future, and the need to understand from a young age, about the impact that all our activities have in our world. By participating in this competition they were not only able to discuss about their ideas with other children their age; but understand nature should not be harmed, but respected and protected, as it is from nature where all our resources come from.
In this competition we encouraged the participation of more schools from the Municipal section, as these government schools do not have many opportunities to participate in such activities that create awareness about the environment.
At the end of the contest a ceremony was celebrated. The three best collages in each category were awarded with a diploma, writing pads and a diary. The prizes were given by the Principals of the Schools and the Representative Teacher, all in presence of the students who were proud and satisfied by the results of their work.
In the next weeks, an exhibition to show case the best works will be organized in Pune.