World drawing and painting contest for
children aged 4 to 7 years

January - June 2002


Teachers and educators are invited to participate in the worldwide drawing and painting contest "Draw the way to Peace" for children aged 4 to 7 years.Initiated by two artist-painters, Hayat Aoudjhane and Gérald Quinsat, this project has received support from the Aschberg Fund and UNESCO, and is undertaken within the framework of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). The objective of this contest is to promote a culture of peace by raising awareness among young children about this concept, but also through listening to their vision and spontaneous suggestions on self-respect and respect for others, sharing, tolerance, war and peace, reconciliation… Teachers and educators participating in the contest will help children invent a story in pictures, in the form of a tale using animals, natural elements, nature, colours, and their own symbols. This story will be a collective work based on key words young children can understand. It will be made up of six drawings, each illustrating one or several of the following themes:
  1. Respect for all life - respect the rights and dignity of each human being;
  2. Non-violence - reject violence, obtain justice by convincing and understanding;
  3. Sharing - develop attitudes and skills for living together in harmony, ending exclusion and oppression;
  4. Listening to understand - give everyone a chance to learn and share through the free flow of information and ideas;
  5. Preserving the planet - make sure that progress and development are good for everyone and for the environment;
  6. Tolerance and solidarity - appreciate that people are different and that everyone has something to contribute to the community.

The drawings, with some explanations, will form a story presented as a comic strip, a fresco or a poster, depending on the choice of the participants. Registration and participation in the contest will take place simultaneously between January and June 2002.The artworks will be scanned and put online on the UNESCO "early childhood and family" portal. They will be used later in publications, exhibitions, or as promotional support material for UNESCO action in favour of early childhood.In September 2002, a jury presided by H.R.H. the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg (UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador), comprised of young children and well know persons in fields of arts, humanitarian aid and education will choose two winners per age group (4-5 year olds and 6-7 year olds). The winners will receive a prize best suited to their needs, from four types of prizes: multimedia ; library / medialibrary ; equipement and school supplies ; vehicles. This contest will provide the opportunity to build a network of teachers, educators and children working in favour of building and promoting a culture of peace and non-violence.

"Tomorrow's world is already taking shape in the body and spirit of our children."
(Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize)