Kohima,28 July : ‘We have talented children, they are second to none and they have the potentiality to excel even in the national level’, stated Parliamentary Secretary for Social Welfare & Women Development, Chotisuh Sazo on the occasion of the National Painting competition.
Gracing the closing function as chief guest at the Red Cross conference hall on 26th July 2008 he said he was overwhelmed by the performance of the participants and urged them to explore their talents and compete with the rest of the world.
While congratulating the winners of the competition Chotisuh Sazo urged them to keep up the spirit to excel and encourged all participants to continue to strive, saying that success can be achieved only if one does not give up. He asserted that one should continue to work hard with determination by setting goals to become achievers or successful persons. He asserted that painting has commercial value, referring to the art market in India which not only attracts people in India but also from aboard and as such it has become economically a viable proposition for business. Therefore, he said that children should be encouraged to take up painting on commercial scale and further assured government’s support to promote them to professional level.
Chotisuh Sazo lauded the Nagaland Council for Child Welfare (NCCW) for organising the painting competition and for taking various initiatives for talented children as well as the weaker sections of the people. While appreciating the NCCW for their role as an NGO, he also urged them to show examples and take the lead for the upliftment of the society and assured for further help and support of the government.
Altogether 84 students from 16 schools, mostly in Kohima, participated in the competition. Categorised into three different groups under different themes, the winner for the Blue Group were Kekhrielhouvolie Sekhose from G. Rio School in First place, Imnasenla Imchen from Fernwood School in Second place and Kethosenuo from North Field in Third place. In the Green Group, Emtili Aier from North Field bagged the first prize, Neivükünuo from North Field second and Diawa Imchen from G. Rio School third. In the White Group, Temshir from Chandmari Higher Secondary bagged the first prize while Limatoshi I. Longkumer from North Field and Sinsenlo Kent from Grace School bagged the seond and third prizes respectively.
The judges were T. Yanger Ozükum, Art Expert; Temjen Aier, Artist and Sculptor and Thechano Kithan, Artist and poet.
Highlights of the programme included welcome address and introduction by Tatiba, General Secretary, NCCW, song by students of Chandmari Higher Secondary School, vote of thanks by J. Merong Aier, Executive Committee Member and Joint Director, Social Welfare. The programme was chaired by Akhala L. Aier, President NCCW. The programme was organised by the Nagaland Council for Child Welfare (NCCW) and sponsored by Indian Council for Child welfare (ICCW).