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Peace expressed in art

Lions Club International held its prize-giving for the peace poster contest at the Milnerton Library on Saturday 5 October.

The contest is a platform for children to express through art, how they see peace.

This year’s theme was “Journey of Peace” and children with the best posters received monetary prizes, while others received certificates for participating.

The contest is an international contest with about 600 000 learners worldwide participating.

The contest was open to learners who will be 11, 12 or 13 years old by 15 November this year.

Contestants were required to produce artwork not smaller than 33cm by 50cm and no larger than 50cm by 60cm.

Peace poster contest convener Felicity van Eck says their two districts, 410W and 410E took part in the contest.

There were 34 schools in these districts who participated.

Sunningdale and Table View primary schools represented district 410W.

This year’s winner was Elihle Gentsana from Edgemead Primary School.

Her poster will now compete on national level.

The national winner of districts E and W, will have their poster sent to the United States of America to compete for the grand prize.

“There are different themes every year and this year we wanted to see how these learners interpret peace. It is really interesting to see the posters that the children come up with every year. It is truly amazing what they come up with and it really tells a story. It can only be drawings without words, so the picture must tell the story,” she says adding that it is very important to plant the seed of peace with the youth because it easily filters through.

Van Eck believes this is not just a contest but a learning curve for children who take part.

“The pictures are incredible. What is amazing is how peace is perceived in their little minds and how it is translated to paper. There is so much talent around and the contest helps to discover that,” she says.

Van Eck concludes by saying, “The posters were of an exceptionally high standard. The judges spent a few hours adjudicating the posters.

“There were 30 posters in total. Each participant received an inspirational tutorial comment from the judges.”

Visit the Lions Club International website at lionsclub.org/peaceposter for more information.

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