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National Mine Risk Education Artworks Exhibition

Media Advisory
28 January 2011

National Mine Risk Education Artworks Exhibition

Location: Sirjana College of Fine Arts #358, Narayanhiti Uttar Dhoka Sadak, Lazimpat, Kathmandu

Date: Friday, 28 January 2011
Inauguration: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Improvised Explosive Devices, Landmines and other explosive devices have killed or injured more than 300 Nepalese, more than half of whom were children, since the end of the armed conflict in 2006. All of these explosions could have been prevented.

Friday, 28 January 2011: The Department of Education (DoE), UNICEF and the Sirjana College of Fine Arts (SCFA) are jointly hosting a National Mine Risk Education (MRE) Artworks Exhibition, where 500 of the best pieces selected from over 56,000 artworks drawn by school children from the 20 most affected districts will be exhibited.

MRE has been considered as a life and limb-saving vaccine against the threat of improvised explosive devices, landmines and other explosive remnants of war. With the support of UNICEF, the Department of Education has been implementing MRE since 2008 through the school system infrastructure targeting millions of schools children in the worst affected districts.

The program will include speeches by the secretary of the Ministry of Education, other high level government officials and the UNICEF Country Representative. The exhibition of the children’s artwork will be accompanied by an award distribution ceremony for the three best student artists and schools.

We hope you will be able to join us and the children in raising awareness to reduce the threat posed by explosive devices, and to make Nepal and its people safer from landmines and improvised explosive devices.

For more information please contact:

SCFA Program Coordinator: Navindra Raj Bhandari at 4412634/9851065488

UNICEF Project Officer: Danee Luhar at 552 3200 (Ext. 1174) /9851074307

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*Note: the exhibition will continue until 31 January 2011 (4:00 PM)




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