On May 27, 2022, on the eve of the International Children's Day, the N.Nazarbayev Center for the Development of Interfaith and Intercivilizational Dialogue held an award ceremony for the winners and prize-winners of the drawing contest "Peace and Spirituality through my eyes".
The competition was organized by the N.Nazarbayev Center with the support of the Nur-Sultan Education Department and the Metropolitan Union of Artists from April 18 to May 23, 2022 as part of the "Year of Children" in Kazakhstan in order to popularize the upcoming VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, which will be held in September this year.
The event was attended by Vice-Minister of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan S.Egizbayev, Chairman of the Board of the N. Nazarbayev Center for the Development of Interfaith and Intercivilizational Dialogue B.Sarsenbayev, Deputy Chairman of the spiritual administration of Muslims of Kazakhstan, Naib Mufti E.Ongarov, Archbishop-Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Nur-Sultan T.Peta, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kazakhstan Y.Novgorodov, as well as representatives of diplomatic missions in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the media, school students, their parents and teachers.
"Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared 2022 the year of children. The new Kazakhstan is aimed at conquering new peaks of the "spiritual Everest". Today Kazakhstan shows the world a simple but great truth: it is possible to live in harmony, without conflicts and resolve contradictions in the process of dialogue. It is important to always achieve unity, preserving both differences and multi-confessional diversity. I congratulate all participants of the contest on the upcoming International Children's Day," - Vice-Minister of Information and Social Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan S.Egizbayev said in his welcoming speech.
In total, 83 works from 78 participants from 28 schools of the city of Nursultan were submitted to the competition.
The jury divided the participants into 2 groups according to their age: the first group was represented by children from 7 to 10 years old, the second from 11 to 16 years old.
Based on the results of the review of the works, the jury of the competition determined the best works of children who were awarded diplomas and valuable gifts.
Winners of the first age group:
1st place - Ermek Nuraly Esboluly, title of the work "Music in the soul", lyceum school No.73, 1st grade. 2nd place - Zhomart Saya Kuanyshkyzy, title of the work "Nauryz meiramy (Holidays), lyceum school No. 48, 4th grade. 3rd place - Bimanova Dilnaz Anvarovna, title of the work "United country", school "Binom school Turan", 2nd grade.
Winners of the Second Age Group: 1st place-Beisembayeva Azhar, name of the work "world and spirit of my eyes", Gymnasium school No. 68, 8th grade. 2nd place-Jabrailova Amina, MS No. 20, name of work "Materinstvo", School No. 20, 6th grade. 3rd place-Zineken Zhannur Nurlybekkyzy, name of work "Strings Of Souls", Lyceum School No. 72, 5th grade.
Adilzhan Popov was awarded a special jury prize for his work "Creation of DNA", and in the nomination "Creative work" - Abdirahman Daria and Bimariyam Almat.
Sponsorship in the organization of the competition was provided by the Center's partners– the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kazakhstan, the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Union of Artists of the capital, as well as the IT company Kazdream Technologies.
"I am glad that for the first time since the pandemic, the walls of the Palace of Peace and Harmony are filled with joy, smiles of children, their parents and teachers. And that this event, the ideas of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions have found their response in children's hearts. In a month and a half, more than 80 works were received from 78 participants from more than 20 schools of the capital. The youngest contestant who took part is 6 years old. The palette of drawings presented here today shows that the children's view of spirituality and tolerance once again demonstrates the richness and uniqueness of Kazakhstan's model of interfaith and interethnic harmony. We are sure that the colorful drawings of young walkers inspired many to new creative achievements," - B.Sarsenbayev pointed.
At the end of the event, all participants of the competition and their managers were awarded commemorative certificates.
It should be noted that on September 14-15 this year, during the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, it is planned to hold a special exhibition from among the paintings of the participants of this competition.