Yerevan, 29 September 2017 – Artwork by Vardan Karapetyan has been named as one of the winners in the international WFP Children's Design Competition for 2017, organized by the United Nations World Food Programme.
The theme of this year’s competition, which involved both a drawing and an accompanying explanatory text, was “Zero Hunger: The future begins with food.” The winning design from Armenia, “Coming together to end hunger,” was one of 20 finalists selected from a short list of 120 drawings by schoolchildren in 22 different countries.
Vardan Karapetyan loves playing football, chess and drawing and wants to be a football player when he grows up. “All the children should grow and live on a thriving and prosperous planet,” vows the fourth-grade student at Zuygaghbyur community school of Shirak province. “While I’m at school I want to get all the knowledge in the world.”
Today the Armenian schoolboy, aged 10 was presented with his prize - US$150 for himself, and US$200 for his school to purchase stationery and art materials.
The awarding ceremony at school hosted WFP representatives, Acting Director of Sustainable School Feeding Foundation and School Meals Focal Point at Shirak marzpetaran.
“The very famous Armenian artist Minas was born in Shirak province. Our student Vardan may become the second Minas. We are proud that such a visit has been paid to our remote high mountainous community and that our child has won such an important prize,” stated Samvel Martirosyan, marzpetaran representative.
“All of us at WFP congratulate this young artist for creating such unique and inspiring work,” said Laura Avagyan Children Drawing Competition Focal Point at WFP Armenia Country office.
Five drawings from Armenia were originally submitted to the competition selection committee at WFP Headquarters in Rome, Italy. They were selected from more than 120 drawings. The best works from the competition will be displayed at WFP Headquarters and will be incorporated into wall calendars and greeting cards for global distribution to raise awareness of the World Food Programme’s work.
All the students competing in the event are attending schools supported by WFP’s worldwide school meals programmes. A daily school meal means not only better nutrition and health, but also increased access to and achievement in education. It is also a strong incentive to consistently send children to school.
In 2015, WFP reached 17.4 million children in 62 countries with school meals. In a further ten countries, WFP provided technical assistance to government school meals programmes, reaching approximately ten million children.
In Armenia, as a result of constructive partnership between the Ministry of Education and Science, acting on behalf of the Government of Armenia and WFP, and with the generous contribution of the Government of Russian Federation, the School Feeding Development project was launched in 2010. With an overall budget amounting to USD 35.5 million from 2010 to the end of 2018, today school feeding is reaching 89,000 schoolchildren in all 10 provinces of Armenia, except the capital Yerevan.
While around 29,000 children are under the direct management of the Government, the remaining 60,000 are supported by WFP. In these six provinces, WFP also provides family food entitlements to 1,700 women who work as kitchen-helpers involved in the preparation of the meals.
The WFP School Feeding Development project has demonstrated ability to be a robust and sustainable programme once handed over to the Government. A recent joint study of the World Bank, WFP and Government of Armenia concluded that the draft 2016–25 State Education Development Programme prioritizes the improvement of quality education with multiple components, including the setup of child-centered environments through the introduction of education-support services, extracurricular activity classes, school feeding, efficient rules, and regulations of entities and it calls for a continuation of the school feeding project.
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. Each year, WFP assists more than 80 million people in 80 countries.
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