‘The event will also cover paper and clay arts’
There is an artist in every child - and to prove this point right, the members of Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (AIESEC), a non-profit international student body, conducted a painting competition for the students of Aravinda High School here on Monday.
The competition was held for students from Standard II to Standard VI and the young minds ran riot with colours as the theme was left to them. They were also made to leave their hand impressions in orange and green colour on a huge white cut-out outlining the shape of India to highlight this year’s theme ‘I support child labour-free India’.
The event was to kick-start their two-month nation-wide Balakalakaar programme.
“It is not just restricted to painting, but we shall cover many facets of fine arts such as paper and clay arts also,” said organising committee president Sujan.
Focus on children
The 60-odd members of the AIESEC from nine colleges and universities such as KL University, Siddhartha and Loyola Colleges would conduct six types of events and 15 workshops in various Government-run schools and orphanages, he said.
The focus would be on children from the under privileged sections of society and the programme would culminate with a grand finale to be held in August, said Local Committee Coordinator M. Siddharth. “We expect over 2,500 students to participate in the final, which will be a day-long event of fun and frolic,” he added.
This apart, about 20 interns from 15 countries such as Egypt, Poland, China, Germany and Taiwan would take part in the Balakalakaar programme.
“Cultural exchange has been the core tenet of all AIESEC programmes, and all the interns coming here are not just students, but each one of them is proficient in some kind of fine art. They will interact with the kids,” added Sujan.