24th Children’s Peace Drawing Competition Many fine works sent in


The award ceremony for the Children’s Peace Drawing Competition was held in the Memorial Hall at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on December 19 (Sat), 2009.

 This was established in 1986 to heighten children’s awareness of the importance of peace, and this year was the 24th time that the competition has been held. There were 7,445 works sent in from 178 elementary and junior high schools in Hiroshima City, and 1,043 works from 8 countries (United States, Russia, South Korea, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, India), for a total of 8,488 works, the largest number ever.

 Thirty recipients of Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction attended the awards ceremony, to receive their award certificates and commemorative plaques.

 The award ceremony was followed by a tape-cutting ceremony in the Exhibition Room (5) to open the exhibition of works by Award of Excellence winners and others.

 The exhibition was held until January 25 (Mon), 2010, with a total of 162 works on display - 3 Award of Excellence works, 39 Award of Distinction winning works, and 120 Award of Merit winning works.

 Mana Takenoue, the 5th year student from Hiroshima Municipal Nakasuji Elementary School who won the Award of Excellence in the elementary school division, spoke of her feelings on winning the award, saying, “I drew a picture of children donating paper cranes as part of peace studies. I was very surprised to win the Award of Excellence, but also very happy. I definitely want to participate in this competition again next year”. Tsuaki Sato, the 3rd year student from Hiroshima Municipal Asakita Junior High School who won the Award of Excellence in the junior high school division, said, “Although it is impossible to compare the weight of human life, in this work I wanted to express the fact that human life is more important than anything else. This was the last year that I could participate in this competition, so I was very happy to receive the Award of Excellence”.

 The names of the winners of the Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction and their works, as well as the names of the Award of Merit winners, may be viewed at “Kids Peace Station” on the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum website (http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp) (to be uploaded in March).


Elementary School Division
Award of Excellence ― Mana Takenoue, 5th year student, Hiroshima Municipal Nakasuji Elementary School

Junior High School Division
Award of Excellence ― Tsuaki Sato, 3rd year student,
Hiroshima Municipal Asakita Junior High School
 
Foreign Division

Award of Excellence ― Baaliouamer Nassima Chaulan, Elementary School, France

(Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Outreach Division)

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