Winners of Mitsubishi Enikki Festa awarded

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

EIGHT primary school students who were finalists in the Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa 2015-2016 competition were honoured yesterday in an award ceremony at the Mangrove Paradise Resort in Kg Sungai Belukut.

Presenting the awards was the Director General of Education, Hj Abdul Rahim Derus.

Themed ‘Here is My Life’, the Festa invites children in Asia to create Enikki or illustrated diaries that portray their experiences and thoughts in the form of pictures or short essays.

The aim of the competition is to use Enikki as a very effective means to promote cross-cultural understanding of each other’s lives and cultures and eventually share them through cultural exchanges amongst themselves, said Roslin Suhailee, the chairman of the event and Acting Assistant Director of the Co-Curriculum Education Department.

He said the department received more than 2,500 entries from 182 primary schools in Brunei with only 700 entries from 70 schools eligible to be screened.

Eight entries were selected to proceed to the international screening in Tokyo, where the International Screening Committee chooses the recipients of the Grand Prix Award, the Organizer’s Awards and the Excellence Awards.

Winners receive certificates and commemorative prizes. The Grand Prix winner will be invited to the awards ceremony and a cultural exchange programme in Yokohama, Japan.

This year’s Grand Prix winner was 10-year-old Ak Muhammed Isa Daniel Muqri Pg Khamarul Zaman from Seri Mulia Sarjana School.

Ak Muhammed Isa Daniel Muqri’s mother, Mardiana Hj Hashim, said her son always had an interest in drawing.

Alhamdulillah. We feel grateful and proud of our son’s achievement,” she said, adding that her son was recommended to join by his art teacher at school.

“We discussed together ideas and what should be drawn and finished everything in one night,” she said.

She said she encourages her son to join any competitions without worrying about winning or losing but to gain experience and hoped her son will share his knowledge with others who have similar interests.

Winning the Asian Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations Award was nine-year-old Hebe Liaw Wen Hui from Chung Hwa Middle School. Her teacher recommended that she join the Festa, said her mother, Lim Guat Fong.

“We felt very happy and excited for her when we learnt that she won the award. She felt very happy to be able to draw how she feels and draw about her life,” she said.

Winning the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan Award was 10-year-old Kamalia Ayusofea Rani Iswandy from St Andrew’s School, who was also chosen to join the Festa.

The recipient of the Mitsubishi Public Affairs Committee Award was Cely Jelita Cristy from St George’s School, while the recipients of the Excellence Awards were Dk Adibah’ Adilah Pg Zainin from Rimba 1 Primary School, Fathima Aanisha and Faadhilah Shiraz from St Andrew’s School and Khairunnisa Balqis Hidayah Awang Ahmad from the Arabic Preparatory School.

The Brunei Times