Zimbabwean pupil winner in a worldwide Gender Drawing competition receives prize from European Union Ambassador (27/09/2011)

Nine year old Tapuwa Kabaira, a Grade 4 pupil at Dominican Convent Primary School in Harare, will tomorrow receive the first prize in the 2011 EU Gender Drawing competition (Africa region) from the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Aldo Dell'Ariccia at a ceremony to be held at the school. Tapuwa is one of 14 winners selected from more than 40,000 entries from 60 countries.

Tapuwa will receive a prize of €1,000 for her colourful picture entitled 'Make the World a Better Place, Stop Cutting Down Trees!' The prize will be used to buy books and other educational materials.

''The EU Delegation is proud of Tapuwa's achievement; we hope this will encourage more students to enter the competition next year'', said Ambassador Dell'Ariccia.
Dell'Ariccia added that he will plant a tree in the school in recognition of the importance Tapuwa gave to the environment and as an encouragement to her commitment to environmental issues.

The Gender Drawing Competition 2011 was launched worldwide on 8 March 2011 (International Women's Day) with the aim of encouraging children in the 8-10 year age group to express their understanding of gender equality through art.
An exhibition of the best drawings will take place at the "Musée des Enfants" (Children's museum) in Brussels, from the 7th to the 26th December 2011.  The exhibition will be officially opened on the 8th November by Mr. Andries Piebalgs, the European Commissioner for Development, in the presence of some of the six regional winners.

For more information:
Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Zimbabwe
EU House, 1 Norfolk Road, Mt. Pleasant, P.O. Box MP 620 Mt. Pleasant, Harare Zimbabwe
Tel +263-4-338 158; 0772-568 980; Fax +263-4-338 165
E-mail address: delegation-zimbabwe-hod@ec.europa.eu
Website: http://www.delzwe.ec.europa.eu/