A DETAILED drawing of his ideal school won student Leon Lim the ‘Rose of Lidice’ medal from the 44th International Exhibition of Children’s Fine Art Lidice (ICEFA Lidice) 2016 in the Czech Republic.
The SMK Bukit Jambul Form Four student was among two students from Malaysia who won the medal. The other recipient is a student from Johor.
Six other students — two each from Penang and Selangor and one each from Johor and Kuala Lumpur — received honourable mentions for their entries.
Leon, 16, who received the medal and a certificate from Czech ambassador Rudolf Hykl at the George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) office in Penang recently, said it felt wonderful to be recognised with such an honour.
“My entry was among thousands or artworks from different countries submitted for the exhibition. Although I had confidence in myself, I did not expect to receive the medal which is awarded for artwork of higher artistic quality,” he said.
The picture he drew of his ideal school comprised multiple buildings offering high-end facilities for students to enjoy while they studied.
The two Penangites who received honourable mentions were Zheng Tao Ch’ng, 15, and Lee Yi Fan, 11. They also received their certificates from Hykl.
Tao Ch’ng, from Chung Ling High School, said he submitted a painting depicting the fun atmosphere in a science lab where a teacher and students are conducting an experiment after hearing about the exhibition from a teacher.
Yi Fan, from SJK(C) Perempuan Cina, said he was hoping to win something as he had always been passionate about art.
“My father is an artist and does landscape-themed paintings. I have been watching him paint since I was small and am happy I got to express my artistic side.
“I painted a picture of teachers teaching students about animals and plants,” he said.
Hykl said 18,075 artworks from 77 countries, including 546 entries form Malaysia, were submitted for this year’s ICEFA Lidice which is themed ‘School Education’.
He said the ICEFA Lidice was established in 1967 to commemorate the child victims from the Czech village of Lidice murdered by German Nazis, as well as all other children who have died in wars.
“It became an international exhibition in 1973 and since then it has become well known among children and teachers not only in our country but all over the world,” he said.
Entries for the exhibition, which was held in Lidice from June 1 to Nov 30, was opened to participants from age four to 16 from all types of schools and organisations working with children.