Last 12th of August we celebrated the International Youth Day by organizing a drawing competition among 13 schools in the city of Pune, India with the topic “Healthy and Sustainable Earth”.
Our India Country Manager, achieved to engage in the competition more than 3,500 students aged between 10- 17 years old who created very beautiful and meaningful drawings.
The aim of the activity was to encourage participants to think and express in a pictorial way their ideas about the meaning and needs to live in a healthy and sustainable planet.
For putting together the competition we distributed invitation letters to several schools, explaining about the activity and its purpose. Schools that were interested were provided with drawing paper and our country manager visited some school groups to guide and explain the activity to the students.
Participants were divided in two categories: one for students of the 5th to the 7th grade and the second for students from the 8th to the 10th grade. Each category was given 3 subtopics related to a healthy and sustainable world to choose from and dedicate their drawing.
Results were amazing and because of the large amount of drawings collected, a preselection of the best ones was done at every school. In total, 10 drawings from each school were selected (five from each of the categories) and 15 of those passed to the final stage.
It was not an easy decision to choose the final winners of the competition as all the drawings were great and showcased powerful messages about sustainability. Our country manager with the help of colleagues with experience in the drawing field selected the 3 final winners.
All the winners were announced in a small ceremony organized at each school with the presence of teachers, students, schools’ Principals and the E4S India Country Manager. Awarded students received a painting and drawing kit, as well as a recognition certificate.
Even more, one of the schools decided to organize a small exhibition of the drawings from its students, which the whole school community was able to enjoy.
Overall, the competition was a great experience and it definitely succeeded our expectations in the amount and quality of works submitted. We received excellent feedback from teachers and students which we believe provides a very strong argument to our project’s purpose. It is very clear that schools and scholars care and are interested about sustainability and therefore we will continue to organize activities such as this one.
Thank you all who made possible the competition! Teachers, Directors and of course all the students who enthusiastically participated.
We look forward on pursuing to organize a public exhibition of some of the drawings in the upcoming months.
Don’t miss checking out more of the great drawings in our Flickr album available in the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/albums/72157673228692775/with/29286012791/