Thursday 29 October, 2020

Tsunami Ready Art Competition winners awarded

First place winner Kya Knight (l) of the Deighton Griffith School accepting her prize from Andrea White of the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training

First place winner Kya Knight (l) of the Deighton Griffith School accepting her prize from Andrea White of the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training

Bajan students have used art to demonstrate their knowledge of tsunami preparation beautifully.

And if the winners' contributions are a sign of the readiness amongst the island's youth, then it's a good outlook for Barbados.

The winners of the regional Tsunami Ready Art Competition were awarded their prizes on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

The presentations to the special awardees were made at a recognition ceremony hosted by the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) in the Speightstown Esplanade in St Peter.

The top three winners of the Barbados art competition were announced by the DEM’s Acting Programme Officer Danielle Howell, who chaired the ceremony.

Kya Knight of the Deighton Griffith Secondary School was awarded first place and received one Lenovo laptop.  Alexis Belgrave placed second, receiving a pair of Beats by Dre headphones while Reann Dottin placed third and was the recipient of one fully loaded art supply kit. Both were students of The Lodge School.  Andrea White from the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training made the presentations to the winners.

In her address DEM’s Director, Kerry Hinds, stated:

“Today, we recognise the Art Competition winners for reflecting on the tsunami and other coastal hazards, and representing their perspectives in artistic impressions. The utilisation of various media to encourage learning is an important aspect of our Public Education and Awareness programme at the Department of Emergency Management, thus we were excited and pleased to be a part of this fun, learning activity.”

The Tsunami Ready Visual Art Competition encouraged students to explore and better understand their natural surroundings through artistic expression. It was implemented by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO/IOC) and its Caribbean Tsunami Information Centre (CTIC), as well as the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency (CDEMA). The project was aimed at strengthening capacities for early warning response for tsunamis and other coastal hazards in the Caribbean. The activity contributed to the recognition of World Tsunami Awareness Day 2019.

It was opened to those aged 14 to 16 in participating countries. Those countries included Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominican Republic, St Vincent and the Grenadines as well as Trinidad and Tobago.

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