Inspired by his enthusiasm in animation and graphic designing skills, James Chungu a 2012-2013 KL YES Alumnus with his father and a close friend organized an environment related drawing contest for primary school to deepen the children’s appreciation of both art and nature. These can be much-needed tools of expression, awareness, individuality, and positive energy.
James is an accomplished graphic artist with a great deal of practical experience. As a primary school student inspired by his father’s work of art, he used to spend much of his time illustrating comics and fine art in general.
This project worked with school children to draw and participate in the MAZINGIRA YETU DRAWING CONTEST. This contest allowed kids to learn about and work around the themes of environment (pollution or conservation)
“Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire. Interactive, practical, and visual assignments/contests like this give the opportunity to go beyond the patterns of instruction, imitation, and repetition; the aim was to inspire children to create their own, original work and thoughts” said James Chungu
Children participated in the following categories:
1st category: 3 & 4th grade
2nd category: 5 & 6th grade
Formal requirements for the drawing were; Participants who participated in the Contest were required to submit only one (1), personally created drawing.
All participants were required to write their particulars at the back of the artwork.as follows:
• Full name.
• School name.
Drawings which did not contain all the necessary information mentioned above were not considered.
72 entries from Mlimani primary school were submitted unfortunately 32 of them were invalid as they didn’t have particulars written on the back. The contest was exclusively supposed to be held in three primary schools, Msewe primary school, Mlimani primary school and Changanyikeni primary school but due to the long delay in getting permission note from the new established Ubungo district council we ended up working with one school, Mlimani.
The winners of this year’s Mazingira yetu Drawing Contest were, Nuhu Kusekwa (4th grade) from the 1st category and Neema Nicholas (5th grade) from the 2nd category. Atka Bashir and Maria Mrema whose drawings were invalid were also awarded cash prize because their drawings were too appealing to be ignored.
Each winner was awarded a painting on a 50*70cm canvas, Colour Kit (46 Pieces),6 pencils, sharpener and an eraser.
The contest received a great response and excitement, not only from the kids but the school in general. From the number of entries, we can conclude that kids really had fun taking part into this contest.
The following slideshow contains 10 best entries from each category;