GUWAHATI, Feb 26 � The European Union (EU) is keen to engage with young people of Assam and other States of the North-east so as to inch towards the goal of building a better world.
Ambassador of the Delegation of European Union in India Dr Joao Cravinho, who interacted with school children of Guwahati on Wednesday, said that the EU is giving more thrust on generating awareness amongst the younger generation about the need to protect the environment as the quality of life is dependent on nature.
Dr Cravinho informed that one of the approaches that the EU has adopted for instilling this sense of responsibility towards nature is through the visual medium. �We have been regularly organising drawing competitions in India for the students on themes related to conservation of nature,� said Dr Cravinho, adding that the response from the students has been overwhelming.
The EU drawing competition was first organized in Guwahati in 2012, on World Environment Day. More than 2,000 students participated in the contest. Encouraged by the response, the EU in August-September 2013 in collaboration with Ashadeep, a society for the rehabilitation of mentally challenged people, organised a drawing competition again for school children in Guwahati and Patna to promote love for the environment and create awareness about gender equality. More than 6,000 students participated this time.
It needs to be mentioned here that students of 16 different schools including three special schools in Guwahati participated in the contest. Altogether of 150 students were selected as award winners and the prizes were distributed to them today at a function held at the auditorium of Vivekananda Kendra here. The award winners included 16 special children.
�We feel very happy that three special schools participated in the contest. Special children are entitled to the same rights as other citizens and we are looking towards more such engagements with the North-east,� mentioned Dr Cravinho, adding that it was a wonderful experience interacting with the school children in Guwahati.
The prize distribution function was also attended by MLA Robin Bordoloi. The prizes included school bags, T-shirts and the top three winners received a bicycle each. The function featured performances by special children of Ashadeep and the students of St Stephens School.