Celebrating Diversity – 3rd ‘The Art of Nation Building’ Drawing Contest

The Art of Nation Building 2016 in Kota Kinabalu.

KOTA KINABALU: The third ‘The Art of Nation Building’ drawing competition is back with this year’s theme “Celebrating Diversity”.

TANB, which started in 2015, is a The Society Empowerment and Economic Development of Sabah (SEEDS) flagship community engagement programme.

The launching of the third TANB was held at the SJK Yuk Yin in Keningau last May 12 by State Education Director, Hajjah Maimunah Suhaibul. Also present at the launching were SEEDS Chairman Badil Zaman and UiTM Sabah Rector Dr Abdul Kadir Rosline.

Dr Pamela Yong, who played an instrumental role in bringing the TANB concept to life, and also a co-chair of the event, said that the competition is not just about winning or losing.

Dr Pamela, right, and SEEDS chairman, Badil Zaman, left.

“It is letting the students experience the “process” of producing an artistic work through research and interactions with the parents and teachers,” she said in a statement.

“We also hope that through this competition, the students will gain greater understanding about the formation of Malaysia; especially the challenges that our forefathers had to endure in the course of uniting Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya to form this nation we call home.”

Dr Pamela, who is also a fellow at SEEDS said this year’s TANB is also special because it will be open to students from colleges and universities throughout the country.

“We hope that by including the students from the higher learning institutions, we can spearhead the TANB’s main message to all strata of society,” she said.

TANB is aimed at inculcating a sense of belonging among the students and instilling in them the spirit of unity in diversity. It also provides a platform for the students to express their appreciation and gratitude towards the country’s peace and stability through their creative work.

SEEDS, together with the State Education Department, as well as the support of the Federation of Chinese Women Association, the Junior Chamber International Kota Kinabalu, Universiti Teknologi MARA Sabah, the Young Malaysians Movement Tanjung Aru and Doodle Malaysia, are organising this year’s event.

It is open to students from primary and secondary schools, as well as students from higher learning institutions.

Selected drawings will be exhibited at a later date at strategic areas in Kota Kinabalu. Winners will be decided based on the creativity of their artworks and the factual accuracy of their presentation.

Students are encouraged to participate in the competition by filling in the participation form and submitted to the organising committee before or on 28 July 2017.

More information can be obtained from the “The Art of Nation Building 2017” Facebook page while to download forms or guidelines got to http://jcikk.org/tanb/.

Those with enquiries regarding the competition can contact SEEDS for more information at [email protected], Poly (010-957 3560) / Katty 012-882 7300.