Painting Competition - ‘Why We Love Our Mountains’

ICIMOD, in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the arts organisation Kakhara, organised a painting competition among school children aged 5-7 and 8-12 on the theme ‘Why We Love Our Mountains’. About 85 children representing 24 schools in Kathmandu participated in a one day event on 26 November 2011 at Valley View School. They were briefed on the importance of mountains by a resource person from ICIMOD, and fine artists and illustrators helped children work on their paintings. The three best entries in each age category are to be awarded prizes in a brief ceremony at ICIMOD on the occasion of International Mountain Day, 11 December 2011. The winner in each age group will receive a desktop computer and a year’s Internet access for his or her school. While adding to the school’s existing facilities, the computer and Internet access will also facilitate access to the World Mountain Forum for Sustainable Development (WMF-for-SD) communication platform.