Science meets art: Announcing ‘Specially-Abled Children’s National Science Painting Competition’


With the support of UNESCO New Delhi Cluster Office, United Schools Organization of India (USO), in collaboration with Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Government of India and National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) is organizing ‘Specially-Abled Children’s National Science Painting Competition’ on 25 November 2019, to commemorate the World Science Day for Peace and Development. 

The competition will be conducted across India in schools and institution specializing in education for children with special needs. The competition’s themes will range from ‘fun with shapes’ for younger children to ‘plastic pollution’ for teenagers.

The winners at zonal, state, and national levels will be selected by a jury comprising of USO, UNESCO, and NISCAIR representatives. They will be felicitated and paintings of the National level winners will be published as an annual calendar with due credits to the artists. The distinctive feature of this competition is that it not only explores the unique creativity of the specially-abled students, but also gives them a national platform to express themselves.

Having a means to express one’s thoughts and ideas is essential for all of us. This is why it is important to provide such platforms for all children,” says Guy Broucke, UNESCO New Delhi Natural Sciences Chief of Section.

Celebrated every year on 10 November, the World Science Day for Peace and Development was conceptualized by UNESCO in 2001 with the aim of highlighting the important role of science in the society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on important contemporary scientific issues.

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