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by gayathri nair
An art contest celebrates children with special needs' creativity, and immortalises their best works in commemorative stamps.
TO celebrate the creativity of children with special needs, Kakikreatif, Pos Malaysia and UNICEF organised The Colours of My World art contest.
“All entries are eloquent reminders of the outstanding talent and contribution children with disabilities can make.
“A child is not disabled because they cannot walk, see or hear. They are disabled by a society that excludes them. When we see the disability before the child, it is not only wrong for the child, it also deprives the rest of us, of all that the child has to offer. Every single one of these paintings from children with disabilities from all over Malaysia reflect the unique and meaningful way in which they see the world around them. What better way to honour their talent, than by celebrating the ability of children with disabilities,” said UNICEF Representative to Malaysia Wivina Belmonte when unveiling a set of stamps bearing the three winning entries.
They were unveiled today at The Pavilion shopping center in Kuala Lumpur, in conjunction with Universal Children’s Day 2013, and will go on sale on Tuesday.
The artwork gracing these stamps were by three winners Stephanie Tam Zhu Shin from Selangor, Lovira Jospely from Sabah and Intan Syafienaz Mohamad Bakhid from Perak. They were picked out of 120 submissions from other children with disabilities.
This marked UNICEF’s 5th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Each winner received a RM10,000 cash prize from Pos Malaysia for their efforts.
“As a disabled child, I always want to get along with all the different ethnic groups (in Malaysia) that have good health. There are many disabled children in Malaysia just like me. They need help. Different people have difference abilities and weaknesses,” said 3rd prize winner, Intan Syafienaz, 17 who drew her water colour piece with reflections of Malaysia’s multi-ethnic society as her cultural inspiration.
Explaining their inspiration in creating their pieces, 14-year-old Stephanie who has developmental disability cited colour and nature as the inspiration for her winning artwork, while fourteen year-old Lovira was inspired by the concepts of love and friendship. This is the second initiative between Malaysia’s postal service and UNICEF. In 2009, Pos Malaysia joined forces with UNICEF to create the Caring Society stamp set to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The limited edition commemorative stamps will go on sale from Tuesday at all Pos Malaysia outlets.The public can also get a first day cover and customers who utilise Pos Malaysia’s mail services will get a very special postmark on their mail with the message “Celebrating the abilities of children with disabilities”.
The Colours of My World exhibition will be on display at Level 6, Pavillion Mall until Oct 25. To see the children’s artwork, visit children4change.unicef.my/colours_of_my_world_stamps.html
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