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Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia, as part of the Nansen Dialogue Network and Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC) invited schools, teachers, pupils and students to take part in the arts competition titled Fridtjof Nansen – The Man Who Was Building Peace which was launched on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize winner, explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen. The competition was opened from 21 September until 31 October 2011.
All interested students from primary and secondary schools in the Western Balkan region (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) were invited to send in their artworks on the topic "Fridtjof Nansen – The Man Who Was Building Peace", using technique of their own choice.
The topic of the competition was: "Fridtjof Nansen – The Man Who Was Building Peace".
Twelve selected artworks by students/pupils from the whole region will illustrate the 2012 twelve-month peace calendar. The calendar will feature the signatures of the winners, who will also be awarded certificates and symbolic prizes.The competition has been supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Education and Sports of Montenegro and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC).
Approximately 400 students from the Western Balkans participated the arts competition with their artworks. 111 drawings were selected after the first draft.
Objectives of the 2011 arts competition:
- To introduce students and pupils to the philosophy and life of Fridtjof Nansen;
- To promote peace and humanistic values followed by Fridtjof Nansen;
- To contribute to sustainable peace and reconciliation in the Western Balkan region.