Art for Education – CHIESA Celebrates International Mountain Day

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Wall after wall at the Uhuru Hotel and Conference Center in Moshi, Tanzania was covered in colorful drawings, as the CHIESA Project celebrated the International Mountain Day (11 December, 2013) with an exhibition of artwork by students who took part in an art competition aptly themed ‘My Mountain, My Home’. The competition inspired 269 submissions of artwork from 10 primary and secondary schools in Taita Hills, Kenya and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, from which 35 drawings were chosen as winning entries.

Entries were received as follows:

 

ENTRIES RECEIVED DURING THE CHIESA ART COMPETITION

 

 

 

TOTAL ENTRIES

WINNING ENTRIES

TAITA HILLS, KENYA

 

Primary Schools

 

Mwangea Primary School

41

5

 

Nguraru Primary School

31

2

 

Werugha Primary School

39

4

 

Secondary Schools

 

Canon Kituri High School

34

4

 

Dr Aggrey High School

16

4

 

Mwakiwiwi High School

4

1

 

 

 

 

 

KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA

 

Primary Schools

 

Kisangesangeni Primary School

19

4

 

Masila Primary School

34

4

 

Nduoni Primary School

40

4

 

Secondary Schools

 

Iwa Secondary School

11

3

 

GRAND TOTAL

 

269

 

35

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three judges, Dr. Tino Johansson (CHIESA Project Coordinator), Professor Shadrack Mwakalila (Department of Geography at the University of Dar es Salaam), and Dr. Brigitte Nyambo (entomologist at ICIPE), appraised and announced the best drawings from each school. While aesthetic appeal was considered, judges used other criteria in judging including, but not limited to:

  • Representation of mountain ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Representation of diverse human activities, such as farming, transport, tourism, communication, e.t.c.
  • Representation of technologies for food security such as irrigation, rain water harvesting, fish farming, use of biogas, e.t.c.
  • Representation of climatic events, such as drought.

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Artists of the best artworks will be awarded certificates of participation, while all schools that participated will also receive certificates. The best artworks will be displayed in Malta, Finland and the UK in May-August 2014.

The winners from each school are:

WINNERS OF THE CHIESA ART COMPETITION

 

TAITA HILLS, KENYA

 

Mwangea Primary School

 

Marline Mkamburi

Enock Mwadeghi

Fridah Mbeke

Nathaniel Mwashighadi

 

Nguraru Primary School

 

Jared Iligha

Jozadahk Nyambu

 

Werugha Primary School

 

Florenitina Mkawoghanga

Grace Mwakisha

Benson Mshari 

Jonathan Mwania

 

Canon Kituri High School

 

Nicodemus Mwakishiki

Dennis Mwanyumba

John Mwakana

Gibran Maghanga

 

Dr Aggrey High School

 

Derick Amunga

Hobson Mlati

Joseph Mhilo

John Njule

 

Mwakiwiwi High School

 

Kenwyn Kirigha

 

 

KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA

 

Kisangesangeni Primary School

 

Muhamadi Selemani

Richard Juma

Monika Joel Kimuu

Richard Juma

 

Masila Primary School

 

Laurent Efrem with Benedikti John Macha

Esta Gaspar with Diana Sabasti Matemu

Onesmo Macha

Beatrisi Aviti Kessy with Aloisia Aloisi Kessy

 

Nduoni Primary School

 

Stefani Msacky

Albetina Agustino Minja

Venansi Tadei Msaky

John Liberati Malya

 

Iwa Secondary School

 

Damian Nyambo

Emanuel Mathiass with Agusti Silivester

Patrick Kessy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although only 35 of the 269 art submissions were selected as winners, none of the pieces will go to waste.

Out of the remaining pool of art, a further three drawings from each school will be selected for auction at ICIPE Kenya in February 2014, and proceeds used to purchase indigenous tree saplings for planting at participating schools. CHIESA will involve students and teachers from selected schools in the tree planting ceremonies, and incorporate awareness creation on the role of forests in carbon sequestration, provision of habitats for various species and sustenance of important ecosystem services.

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The CHIESA Project works closely with schools and local communities in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia to develop ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation in the agriculture-forest mosaics of East African Mountains. The project facilitates teacher training and pupils’ projects on environment and climate along its research transects. Using art in environmental education offers young people a way to interpret and depict their environmental experiences and translate thoughts and observations into shapes.

Please click here to view the winning drawings.

 

 

 

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