Talented Children Rewarded
Khartoum -- Under the banner “Keep your head up, you are Sudanese” , Women and Students’ Affairs Secretariat at the National Congress Party (NCP), Khartoum, celebrated its first Talented Child Festival, attended by Deputy Governor of Khartoum State Sidiq Ali Al-Sheikh. The deputy governor affirmed the government’s care for children, the creative and the distinguished. During the event, the deputy governor honored Alaa Ata Almannan, who got top marks in Sudan Certificate Examinations this year.
The program is aimed at discovering talents to fill leisure time for children during summer holidays. Ms Mariyam Sir al-Khatim, the secretary of thinking and culture, said there are various activities accompanying discovering talents across all localities of Khartoum state. She stated that work has begun since late May to bring children together so that they acquire some activities and other skills to consolidate the spirit of loyal to the homeland and social coexistence. Contests were held and top child contenders were selected, and that Students’ Extracurricular Activities were selected as a neutral panel to pick the winners.
Fatma Mohamed Hamid, a young contesting talented painter, told Sudan Vision that she started drawing and painting at the age of nine and dreams to be a fashion designer after joining and finishing studies at the College of Fine Arts, University of Sudan, so that she would be able to apply what she studied. She said that her family is not against her but very supportive.
Gasin al-Afif, a gymnasium champ, 11, blew the participants away. He said that he started to exercise gymnastics two years ago at Doroshab Club, Bahry, Khartoum North, and took part in various competitions, where he got gold medals. Al-Afif says that he has taken up gymnastics after advice from his family. “I’m really enjoying all of it now…I wish to win a gold medal for Sudan in the future,” he said.
Sisters Merraj, Maysoon and Maazza, bestowed with outstanding talents in decoration, said they were taught by their mother to develop the hobby they excel in. Merraj said that they supply chinaware from Omdurman market to make flower vases.
Various prizes went to different children from different localities such as Noon Tajuddin, Khartoum, won a prize for pottery, Yousif Makkawi and Mahir Ezzaddin, Bahry, got prizes for gymnastics, and Marwa Shagory, from Ombadda locality won a prize for reciting poetry.
By Hana Abdel Hai, 22/07/2012