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Malaysia: Eco Works of Art & Eco Picture Diary National Contest & Awards Ceremony 2011

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85 participants comprising of students from age 10 to 16 years and teachers from 10 pilot schools in Selangor were present to receive their awards and prizes from Director of Co-Curricular and Arts Division, Ministry of Education Malaysia and Director General of National Visual Gallery Malaysia together with Managing and Deputy Managing Directors of Panasonic Malaysia at Panasonic Kids School Eco Learning National Contest & Awards Ceremony 2011 on 2 November at National Visual Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. Thirty entries were submitted for the Eco Works of Art contest using recycled materials converting them to art pieces and 3D models and 16 made the final. Whilst 500 entries were submitted for the Eco Picture Diary contest and 21 made the final.

These diaries were reviewed by a panel of judges who are experts in art and education. Judges for the Eco Works of Art comprise of National Visual Art Gallery Curators, Educationist, Artists, News Editor and Panasonic representative.

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11 year old Mohd Wafie from Taman Sri Andalas Primary School Klang won the Champion award for Eco Picture Diary contest and will represent Malaysia for the Global contest in Paris next year. He wrote about his 5-day experience from preparation for 'break fast' in Ramadhan leading to the 'Hari Raya' festive celebration. He shared his thoughts and observations on the abundance use of plastic bags, to avoid using polystyrenes containers for food, to encourage carpool for travelling to reduce CO2 emission, cleaning of airconditioner for better energy saving, preparing Hari Raya greeting cards made of recycled paper box to tree planting to help preserve the environment.

Grand winner for Eco Works of Art for Primary school category was Taman Sri Andalas Primary School Klang with their eco project titled "Eco Friendly Recycle House" and Grand winner for Secondary school category was Technic School Sepang with their eco project titled "Metal Flower". Both category winners were awarded a study trip to Japan in December 2011.