Thursday, December 13, 2007

India: CHILDREN EXPRESS INSPIRING IDEAS ON ENERGY CONSERVATION

In the run up to the National Energy Conservation Day, a hundred and five students from across the country participated in the National Painting Competition today expressing inspiring ideas on energy conservation and energy efficiency. The paintings drawn by children reflected their interest in the energy conservation activities and their concern about energy crises and climate change, and have effectively conveyed inspiring ideas in their impressive paintings. The vibrant designs, the confident depiction of the topic and remarkable composition seen in these paintings reflects clear understanding of the subject themes in the minds of these young children. The interest in energy conservation that has been generated in the children and their parents as a result of this Painting Competition suggests that it is meeting its original objectiveness of enhancing awareness in this area.

The Hon’ble President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil will present the prizes to winning students. Winners will be awarded with cash prizes : First prize of Rs. 1,00,000, Second prize (4 nos.) of Rs. 50,000 each and Third prize (8 nos.) of Rs. 25,000 each on National Energy Conservation Day function to be held in Delhi on December 14, 2007.

The Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency launched the National Awareness Campaign in order to promote energy conservation in the country. Painting competition for students at the school, State and at National level has been included as one of the activities of the campaign, which would not only make the children aware about the need for conserving energy, but at the same time would also educate and involve their parents as well in this cause. The competition aims to motivate children towards thinking about energy conservation, and offers them a chance to explore their creativity.

This year, the themes were electricity savings, climate change and green transport. Across the country, 24,385 schools and 5.25 lakh students of 4th and 5th Standard participated in the school level painting competition. This participation was about 35% higher than that in the previous year. Chhattisgarh recorded the highest number of participation with more than one lakh students participating in the school level competition. A committee of experts in each State capital examined the entries forwarded by the school Principals, and selected up to 50 best paintings. The selected students were invited to participate in the State/UT level painting competition which was held in all the state capitals on 14th November 2007.


Source: http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=33976


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