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Ethiopian Student Wins Global Children’s Design Competition

AllAfrica   in  ·
November 12, 2014

Mekele — Fourteen-year-old Guush Gebrehiwot has been named as one of the winners in a global children’s design competition organised by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

The winning entry was one of 16 finalists selected from a short-list of 135 drawings submitted by primary schoolchildren in 27 countries who receive WFP school meals. The children were asked to imagine and depict a world without hunger as part of the 2014 Global Children’s Art Competition.

Today Gebrehiwot was presented with his prize of US$100 for himself, and US$200 for his school to purchase stationery and art materials. Gebrehiwot was also presented with an additional Birr 1,000 (US$50) from Tigray Bureau of Education.

“All of us at WFP congratulate the young artist for creating such unique and inspiring work, and for being one of the two Africans who won the competition,” said WFP Country Director Abdou Dieng. “These children are our future. It’s important to invest in them,” he added. WFP co-hosted today’s ceremony with Gobezay Weldearegay, Head of the Tigray Bureau of Education.

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