T&T Students Win in EU International Gender Equality Drawing Competition (21/09/2011)Enlarge image
T&T Students Win in EU International Gender Equality Drawing Competition (21/09/2011)
Two students from Trinidad and Tobago have been selected by the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union in Brussels among the winners of the International Gender Equality Drawing Competition.
This is the first year that Trinidad and Tobago has emerged as a Global winner in the competition and in fact, the first year that we received entries from Tobago. The European Commission launches the Gender Equality Drawing Competition each year on International Women's Day. Over 40,000 students between the ages of 8 and 10 from 60 countries around the world submitted drawings that expressed their vision of gender equality and how to make the world a better place for women and men.
Emily Bhola of St. Andrews AC School, Tobago and Deleth Charles of Melville Memorial Girls School, Trinidad were among the 14 International winners from 13 countries around the world. For their efforts, they will each be awarded â¬1000 (ca.TT$ 9000) to be used for the purchase of books, computers or other educational materials. In addition, their drawings will be featured at a special exhibition at the MusÃ©e des Enfants in Brussels and in a booklet on the competition.
Jessica Jagnanan of Rochard Douglas Presbyterian School had emerged as the winner of the local leg of the competition. Dravid Mahadeo was the second winner, also of Rochard Douglas and Naomi Achong of Melville Memorial Girlsâ AC School the third.
Speaking about the results, Stelios Christopoulos, ChargÃ© dâAffaires of the EU Delegation in Port of Spain stated, âWe are extremely proud of the accomplishments of all these students and special congratulations must go to Emily and Deleth for their outstanding achievement. We have always maintained that the standard of entries submitted each year is exceptionally high and it is always difficult to choose a top ten. Winning in the international competition confirms our belief that some of the most gifted artists reside in Trinidad and Tobago. We would also like to thank the Ministry of Education for their continuous support and promotion of the drawing competition.