SAHIWAL: Up to 100 children, of them 70 per cent were girls, from Sahiwal division schools participated in an online competition for 5-10 and 11-15 years categories.

The competition was held by the Punjab Council of the Arts, Sahiwal.

Sahiwal Arts Council Director Riaz Hamdani told Dawn the competition aimed at showcasing the creativity of children online. He said most of the presentations were made by children through android mobile phones and the speech event found many extraordinary speakers in the competition.

For the poster competition, the topic was ‘the effects of pandemic on children’s life” and for speech “We, our parents and pandemic’. Children were to submit their posters and speech presentation till July 18.

A three-member jury consisting of Prof Imran Jaffar, Abdul Mateen and Muhammad Bilal Azam announced results at Jinnah Hall on Wednesday.

In the poster competition (5-10 years) Khaula Masood with Tehreem Imran, Sunanina Fatima and Masooma Ali begged the first threepositions while Faizan, Linta Naveed, Muhammad Fazil-i-Ahad begged top three positions in the 11-15 age group. In the speech competition, Hamna Khan, Anaya Azhar and Muhammad Zoraiz along with Areeba bagged the top threepositions in age 5-10 category while Adnan Basit, Iqra Nasir and Inha Khan got the top three positions in 11-15 years age group.

Prof Jaffar said the way children gave presentations, it showed our next generation was ready to accept social media challenges in a more creative and assertive way.

Mr Riaz said a prize distribution ceremony for winners would be held on July 27 at Jinnah Hall.

Published in Dawn, July 24th, 2020

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