Despite the difficult and unstable situation in Syria, UNRWA is marking World Health Day with a drawing competition for its school students in the war-torn country. Children aged 6 to 15 got busy with drawings on the theme of diabetes and high blood pressure; part of the Agency’s World Health Day awareness-raising campaign, entitled “Life is sweeter with less sugar”.
Children from eight schools participated in the competition, including displaced refugee children sheltering in the Agency’s Damascus Training Centre and Haifa school, also in the capital city.
The winners, selected by UNRWA Education and Health programme staff, will receive their awards on World Health Day, Sunday 7th April, at an exhibition of all entries at the Agency’s Damascus Training Centre.
Ten-year-old Khalil al-Sahli, from UNRWA’s Mohammad Nassif school, took first prize for his colourful interpretation of the theme. Second prize went to 12-year-old Zein al-‘Abedin Zarzar from UNRWA’s Haifa school, Damascus, for his take on the difference between healthy and fatty foods. Zein’s classmate Humam al-Jahni, 12, took 3rd prize for his painting of a sick and a healthy heart. The fourth and final prize was won by 15-year-old Ala’ al-Khattib, from UNRWA’s Ma’loul school, for his portrait of an overweight smoker.