Best Young Artists Awarded LaptopsBest Young Artists Awarded LaptopsBest Young Artists Awarded LaptopsBest Young Artists Awarded LaptopsBest Young Artists Awarded Laptops

Best Young Artists Awarded Laptops

02 February 2011, Prokuplje

Dejan Marinović, a student of the Nova Varoš Technical Secondary School, Maida Hadžalić, a student of the Prijepolje High School, and Hekuran Maliqi, a student of the Preševo High School, won the UNOPS Progres 2011 Calendar Competition.  At the awards ceremony in the Toplice National Museum, Swiss Ambassador H.E. Erwin Hofer awarded each of the three winners a laptop and the winner among secondary school in Grdelica, on a basis of demonstrated commitment and overall quality of illustrations,  a check for 150,000 dinars to purchase the necessary school equipment. 

As he was awarding the prizes, Ambassador Hofer said: “All of us who can enjoy the creativity and talent displayed by these young people are the winners of today’s event. The students also illustrated solidarity in their drawings. Solidarity with those confronted with poverty, disabilities or other difficulties”.    

The following young authors of the other nine illustrations selected for the PROGRES 2011 Calendar were awarded cameras: - Marija Stanojević from Grdelica, Agron Selmani from Bujanovac, Emir Halković from Sjenica, Danilo Cerović from Prokuplje, Jana Jovaščević from Ivanjica, Lazar Vuković and Sibela Mustafa from Novi Pazar, Aleksandar Đajčić from Nove Varoša, and Vojin Maksimović from Raška.

 “We organised the art competition with the financial support of the European Union and the Government of Switzerland not only to encourage young talented students to think about social inclusion and gender equality, but to encourage art talents as well. This competition also builds new links – links between schools, students, people in Ivanjica, Novi Pazar, Preševo, Prokuplje and other municipalities, and that is the value added of this initiative,“ PROGRES Manager Graeme Tyndall said at the ceremony. 

The competition was organised in October and November 2010 and the students were invited to send in their artwork on one of the following two topics: Right to Dignity for All and Equal Opportunities for All. The jury, chaired by academy-trained sculptor Čedomir Ristić, selected the best 12 pictures from amongst the ones sent in by 19 secondary schools in South and South-West Serbia. The competition was open to all secondary schools in the 25 municipalities participating in the implementation of PROGRES. All the prizes were awarded unanimously.

PROGRES’ goal is to facilitate the development of 25 municipalities in South and South West Serbia. The implementation of the Programme is supported by the European Union (13.5 million euros), the Government of Switzerland (2.5 million euros) and the Government of the Republic of Serbia (1.5 million euros).  PROGRES is implemented by the United Nations Office for Projects Services (UNOPS).

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