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ICEFA 2012 Prize Awards – Saudi Arabia, Riyadh – Bahrain, Manama

18. 6. 2013

In the eve of the International Children’s Day, on 28 May 2013, the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Manama, had a prize-giving ceremony to celebrate four Bahraini laureates of the 40th International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice 2012. The prize for the organizational team of the exhibition was presented to two art teachers at the primary school Al-Rawabi.

Certificates and prizes were presented to the children and teachers by Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of Bahrain Lubomír Hladík in the presence of Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic to Bahrain George Antoniou, Counsel of the Embassy Vladimír Lukaštík, winners’ parents and journalists.

The teaching staff of the school worked out the programme of the festive afternoon attended not only by the pupils and teachers but also by the owner and headmistress of the school, Mrs. Awatif Radhi, teachers of music and artistic performance and selected pupils of musical and vocal section. Included were also a flag-raising ceremony, an instrumental and vocal improvisation by a music teacher and female pupils of the school and a recitation of verses from the Koran. Also symbolic gifts were presented to the school (a book about the Czech Republic) and to the Embassy (a traditional metal plaque commemorating the official event). All present children received bags with promotional material from the Embassy.

In his opening speech the Ambassador of the Czech Republic pointed out that the pupils of Al-Warabi school had made an indelible mark on the 40-year history of the international exhibition. They have become the first representatives of their country who have ever participated in the exhibition. He voiced his confidence that this act is a start of a new tradition and sets an example to follow by other Bahraini schools.

The art teacher Jesus R. Tejada assured the audience that the school will be honoured to be able to participate in the next editions of the exhibition. Pupils of all classes are keen to create such a work to be selected by the school for the next editions of the competition. Also the teaching staff is convinced that a tradition has been established to be further developed and refined.

The English-speaking Gulf Daily News published a photograph in its society column of the festive event along with a short caption.

Despite some mishaps in its preparation, the event was very emotional for the main participants (children) and their parents alike. The representatives of the school appreciated very much the presence of Ambassador and Honorary Consul who accepted the invitation of the headmistress to an informal visit of the school and a discussion on possible establishment of regular co-operation.

Mgr. Vladimír Lukaštík

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