Allied Insurance Company awards the winners of the Allied Calendar Drawing Contest, “Paint your thoughts” at a special ceremony held on 30th January 2013 at Maldives National Art Gallery. “Paint your thoughts” Contest was held in July 2013. The contest was open for students between 7years and 11 years of age. This contest was held in association with Maldives Autism Association and National Institute of Education.
Last year’s theme “We care for you because every child is special” was dedicated for “Autism”. More than 600 drawings were submitted. Apart from the winning drawings, 200 selected drawings that met the requirements were exhibited at Maldives National Art Gallery on the 31st of January 2013.
The competition awarded the best 6 students from 2 age categories; students of grade 1 to 4 and students of grade 5 to 7. The Best School from both categories was awarded. Iskandhar School won the “Best School” Awards from these two categories. All 12 drawings of these winners have been featured at Allied 2014 Calendar.
Addressing the winners, the Managing Director, Mr.Ahmed Ameel highlighted that Allied wishes to raise awareness on the subject “Autism” while letting children think wisely on such matters. He stressed on the importance of letting those children with Autism spectrum see and sense that they are special and the society appreciates their uniqueness. He also thanked Maldives Autism Association, National Institute of Education and to all those parents and teachers who have assisted students with creating such masterpieces
The purpose of this contest was to create awareness among students and to instil the idea that Autistic children are not any different than other children.