The final of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundationâ€™s annual Global Canvas Art and Poetry competition for children showcased a fabulous celebration of â€˜Our Precious Planetâ€™, the theme for this yearâ€™s event, held at the Natural History Museum in London on March 23. Caleb British International School was awarded the â€œBest International Entryâ€ at the final exhibition.
Over 1,800 children from art groups and schools in the UK and overseas entered the 2017 competition with a shortlist of 15 schools invited to display their work at Londonâ€™s famous museum, Caleb British International School was the only shortlisted school from Africa. â€œBeing one of the shortlisted finalists was a prize in itself as choosing the winners from so many inspiring and creative entries was a hugely difficult task,â€ says DSWF Education Manager, Jo Elphick.
â€œThe Global Canvas Art and Poetry competition is part of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundationâ€™s Art for Survival programme. Established in 2004 it aims to encourage young people to express their concern for the environment and, in particular, endangered species with which we share our fragile planet. Of notable interest is the fact that a selection of our artwork submitted was created on Newspaper in an attempt to express the need for environmental sustainability and in line with our vision of becoming the first â€˜Green Schoolâ€™ in Nigeria.
â€œThe Art teacher, Prince Olusegun Adeniyi, is passionate about raising the standard of Art Education, encourage new talents and nurture creativity for sustainable development. He has prepared his art students for quite number of art competition and the Global Canvas Art and Poetry competition is the recent CBISâ€™s monumental achievement at global levelâ€, he added.
Celebrating this landmark as the world celebrate the UNESCO International Arts Education Week this week (May 22 â€“ 28) is worthy of emulation and inspiration for other schools. The 4th week of May has been proclaimed as International Arts Education Week by UNESCOâ€™s General Conference at its 36th session of the 2nd World Conference on Arts Education held in Seoul, 2010.
The main objective of the International Arts Education Week is to increase the international communityâ€™s awareness on the importance of arts education by showcasing concrete arts education projects and practices and reinforcing cooperation with main stakeholders of arts education.