Mithila Wildlife Trust conducted a painting competition in Dhanushadham for the students of Tuition Center run with support of Chora Chori, Little Feet and Women Development Advocacy Center (WDAC) for the marginalized students of Red Cross Tol, Bichla Tol, Jungle Tol, Sundarpur, Makhanpur and Mangalpur Mushari. We provided painting materials to them for taking part in this competition. The motive behind this painting competition was to keep students engaged during lockdown caused by Covid-19. Competition has been organized carefully by following the crucial steps needed to be followed in this pandemic. Teachers from the same community who also teach on the tution center, distributed materials reaching to the doorstep of each student. Students spent their time painting at their own home. The competition ran very smoothly and the whole programme became interesting for everyone.
Theme of the competition was to draw the painting of their own surroundings, the culture, the living style, the ups and down noticed by their mind while staying at home during Covid-19 Pandemic. Wonderful and mesmerising painting related to their community and environment were noticed. Many children were enthusiastic in taking participation in the programme due to the interesting theme and the materials provided to them for painting which they can’t afford in this pandemic time. They found it more accessible for assembling their work in the canvas due to the familiar painting. Children were very curious about the programme to show their work and talent and for winning the prizes.
A copy, dot pen, rular, pencil, cutter, eraser and scissor were given as reward to all the participants where prizes will be distributed after the pandemic is over in the presence of their guardian in their tuition center. All students from Free tuition center participated in the competition which was an encouragement to us as well. This painting competition was fully supported by Little Feet, a UK based charity working for dalit education in Nepal.