UNESCO supports children's self-expression and the arts

3 November 2006

The “Children are painting the world” album of 2006 was launched in Almaty this week, at a ceremony organized by the Children’s Art School named after Katseev and the first UNESCO Club of Kazakhstan. The album is the sixth Kazakhstan edition in the UNESCO World Series that seeks to inspire the creativity among children in an educational spirit.

More than 5,000 children from allover Kazakhstan had submitted their drawings and paintings in this year’s competition, using both traditional and innovative techniques. More of 400 of them are included in the new publication.

“The album reflects the vision of our complicated world by our children, and also illustrates their aspirations, their expectations and, sometimes, their hopes”, Ms Tarja Virtanen, Head of UNESCO Almaty Office said at the publishing ceremony.

The world series of children’s paintings started in Kazakhstan in 1999, with support of UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office. By now, it has generated its own dynamism and a growing interest in children’s art. “It is a positive example of how self-expression can be encouraged and how it can promote pluralism and the diversity of cultures”, François Langlois of UNESCO’s Culture Unit states.

The presentation of the Album took place at the Rits Palace in the presence of Ms Galina Samatokina, Deputy Director of the Department of Education, many renowned artists and art educators, young performers, as well as a group of children and their parents. The organizers awarded certificates to more than 20 schools for encouraging artistic talent and self-expression.

The “Children are painting the world” album 2006 was sponsored by HCK, Samsung, Roadad, Zere, Sergio, Kaz Expo Service, Rits Palace, Rakhymjan and Otynergotrans.

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