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Published Date: Dec 2, 2013

Prize distribution ceremony

Sustainable Development Policy Institute on Monday held prize distribution ceremony of inter-school poster/painting competition.

The poster competition on “Chemicals Impacts on Environment and Children
Health – Beware of Mercury” was targeted at two levels: junior level
(class 5th – 8th) and senior level (class 9th – 12th, including O & A
levels students).

The competition encouraged youth to reflect upon the issue of chemicals
and their impacts on environment and health. It was expected that the
contest would lead to increased awareness and garner greater support for
protection of environment. Around 30 schools in Rawalpindi and
Islamabad participated in the competition, where about 400 entries were
submitted to the organizers.

In senior section, Yashaf Nadeem from Islamabad College for Girls won
first prize, Kanza Mussadiq from PAEC College Nilore got 2nd prize,
Khadija Noor, also from Islamabad College for Girls got the third prize,
Uzair Munir and Roha Sikander from Beaconhouse Margalla Campus got 4th
& 5th positions likewise.

In junior section, Maheen Kamran from Brookfield ISSC Campus won first
prize, Fatimah from Khaldunia High School won second prize, Minahil
Naveed of Beaconhouse Civil Lines Rawalpindi won the third prize while
Manahil Bahaarwa from Khaldunia High School & Sulaiman Qazi from
Beaconhouse School System won 4th & 5th prize vice versa.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest, Dr. Ghulam Asghar Abbasi, Chief
(Health Section), Planning Commission of Pakistan said that there is
need to sensitize the youth creating awareness on scientific subject.

He congratulated the prize winning students and encouraged them to excel
in life and win Nobel prizes for the country. He also suggested to the
organizer of the competition to arrange a screening of documentary
about mercury disaster in Minamata Japan a few years back.

Dr. Mahmood A. Khawaja, SDPI Senior Advisor, briefed participants on
adverse impacts of chemicals and recent international negotiations to
curb the use of hazardous pollutant Mercury. He said that SDPI took an
initiative to use ART for advocacy and awareness raising on health and
environmental issues, especially among school students.