Four Zindagi Trust schools won prizes
in the Design for Change Pakistan Contest in November last year. This was the world’s largest Design for Change School Challenge, in which children aged 8 to 13 identify and propose solutions to the problems their local communities face. The Award Certificate Ceremony for the winners of the competition was held at the Arts Council on the 31st of January 2012 along with a two-day travelling exhibition of this year’s winning stories of change. Students from 35 different schools whose winning stories of change were selected from 7000 entries from all over Pakistan were also present at the event.
Zindagi Trust’s students won prizes in the Boldest Idea
, Quickest Impac
t, and the Maximum Potential for Lasting Change categories
, and their stories were appreciated and applauded during the exhibition. All the participants and winners present at the exhibition were asked to write their comments on the featured winning stories and it was really encouraging to see many students from schools of varying backgrounds appreciate the daring project advocating an end to child marriages proposed by students from Zindagi Trust’s Drigh Road School.
The exhibition was opened for all from 9:00 AM to 6 PM. A prize distribution ceremony was held in the afternoon, during the exhibition. Later, the media had an interactive session with the Design for Change team and the students present in the hall.
All the winning students from Zindagi Trust’s schools were present in the hall for the prize distribution ceremony. They were very excited to be there and receive certificates and gift hampers for their efforts. Some of them were questioned about their projects by teachers from other schools and their confident answers impressed everyone. Well done to all the students who participated and a big thank you to the Design for Change team for organizing such a wonderful event.
The winning stories came from the following Zindagi Trust schools: Drigh Road School, Manzoor Colony School, Zia Colony School & SMB Fatima Jinnah Government Girls School.
Project: Paid to Learn AND Government School Reform