Water, environment and sanitation

Water, Environment and Sanitation

 

Children draw a cleaner India

© UNICEF/ 2008
More than 2000 children came together to colour their vision of a cleaner India

Manu Prakash

New Delhi: A picture says a thousand words. And when almost 2000 children came together with their colors, canvas, and creativity to paint the images of ‘Clean India’ they were able to say so much on sanitation and hygiene but with a new and fresh perspective. The event which was a part of MOSAIC-08 of 12th Inter-School Padam Chand Memorial on-the-spot Painting Competition was held at Gandhi Smriti, the site of the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi.

Students in the age group of 4 to 16 representing 400 schools in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) participated in this competition, designed to test the creative spontaneity and artistic skills of young children and to provide them with a platform to unleash their hidden talent. A special feature was the participation of children who are differently abled.

Students in the age group of 4 to 16 representing 400 schools in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) participated in this competition, designed to test the creative spontaneity and artistic skills of young children and to provide them with a platform to unleash their hidden talent. A special feature was the participation of children who are differently abled.

The event was jointly organized by Gandhi Smriti, Darshan Samiti and Happy School, Daryaganj, with support from UNICEF and the Department of Drinking Water Supply. It was a memorable opportunity towards the end of the International Year of Sanitation to paint with the children, sector professionals, celebrities, and media to show solidarity for the shared vision of improved sanitation and hygiene.

Mr. Sanjay Bhattacharya, the noted painter, was the chief guest. Amongst those who joined the event with the children were eminent painters like Mr. Veer Munshi, Ms. Anita Kulkarni, Mr. Jagmohan Bangani and Mr. Perdeep Kumar Chauhan; Asian Marathon Gold Medalist Ms. Sunita Godara, Ms. Lalima Aneja Dang, National Bike Racer, Mr. Bittu Sondhi, Sufi Artist Mr. Dhananjay Kaul, Dr. A K Merchant, Director, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i’s of India, besides upcoming artists from the College of Art and students from different colleges.

© UNICEF/ 2008
A child paints a clean, green world

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Savita Singh remembered the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi in bringing sanitation issues to mainstream. She said, “He must be happy today when hundreds of children are taking up sanitation issues through this creative process.”

UNICEF India Chief, Water and Environemnt, Lizette Burgers, reiterated that we all want to speak out for a healthier environment. Therefore it is a great pleasure to be here with artists-people who are well known for their skills and especially children who will present a story, a dream, a vision through their paintings, to be engaged in this advocacy work for a clean India and for sanitation. 

A panel of judges have selected paintings from four categories and prizes will be given to winners from four different age groups. All the winning entries will be displayed during the festival of street plays to be organized on 5th December to mark the International Volunteers Day.

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