‘Laos on Canvas’ drawing contest winners announced

Vientiane, 30 June 2014 – Drawings by Ms. Phettavanh Bualisisavath from Vientiane Secondary School and Mr. Jamebond Chalernsouk from Homsavanh Primary School were today chosen as winners of the “Laos on Canvas – Millennium Development Goals in The Arts” contest. The contest was held by the United Nations and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ms. Phettavanh Bualisisavath, aged 17 won first prize for her drawing of activities to achieve MDGs in Lao PDR in the Secondary School category. The runners-up are Ms. Khemmany Inthaxay aged 16, from Chanthaboury Secondary School and Mr. Phonepaseuth Sengmanivong, aged 15 from Phiawat Secondary School.

For the Primary School category, the 1st prize goes to Mr. Jamebond Chalernsouk, aged 11 from Homsavanh Primary School who drew on empowering Lao women in the society. The 2nd prize has been awarded to  Mr. Phouthasinh Sengdala, aged 11 from Sengdala International Bilingual School, and the 3rd being jointly award to Mr. Anoulack Phommachack, aged 10 from SOS Primary School (Xiengkhuang Province) and Ms. Bokham Sisamphanh, aged 9 from Phonsa-ath Primary School (Xiengkhuang Province).

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The contest focused attention towards the key development issues in Lao PDR. Key issues highlighted by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) include poverty, education, gender equality, child rights, maternal mortality, health, environment, global partnership and unexploded ordnance (UXO).  Lao students were invited to reflect on some of the causes, solutions and achievements made in various areas of development through drawings.

The winners of the competition were chosen by a panel of judges and will receive their prizes in the UN House on 8th July. The school which the students represented will also be awarded prizes to contribute to implementing educational activities.

The winners of the competition were chosen by the panel of judges including Mr. Glenn Dodge, Head of UN Resident Coordinator Office, Lao PDR, Mr. Somsanouk Mixay, Vice President of Lao Journalists Association, Mr. Daovy Vongxay, Director of UN Economic and Social Affairs Division, International Organizations Department, MOFA, Mr. Phouthone Vithainolath, Lecturer of National Institute of Art and Mr. Vileud Phimkhammy, Officials of UN Economic and Social Affairs Division, International Organizations Department, MOFA.

“We received many outstanding entries for the contest, so selecting the winners was a difficult task.” Mr. Dodge said, “We thank all the entrants for their participation and hope the contest helped to increase their understanding of the MDGs”. He added

For enquiries, please contact:

Ms. Alivanh Insisiengmay, United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office, Lao PDR tel. 021 267 716, 020 77718831, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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