On the 70th Republic Day of India, when the entire nation celebrated the day with zeal and patriotism, the students of Atmiya Vidya Mandir – the young citizens of India, not only hoisted the flag, but participated in an Art Competition too. It was a day where we saw creativity overflowing from every piece of art.

“Art speaks where words are unable to explain.”

Out of many abhiyans (schemes) introduced by our Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, one was “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”, where he wanted to enhance awareness of clean and green Bharat amongst the citizens of India. To instil the same value, our art teacher Vipul Sir, organized an art competition on the topic “Cleanliness” for students of grades 1 to 6.

Basic value for cleanliness is to keep our body and surrounding clean. To throw light on this value, Grade 1 students coloured a poster showing, “a boy throwing garbage in a dustbin,” which would help them to remember not to litter.

As is rightly said, “Cleanliness is the only medicine to all diseases.”

Grades 2 and 3 students portrayed this value by colouring a poster of “a boy washing his hands.” Which would help them to remember to clean their hands frequently to avoid diseases.

Grades 4 to 6 students made creative posters on “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.” It was a wonderful opportunity to think out of the box. Students tried to put up their imagination on paper to show their understanding of the idea of this grand mission. The competition not only served its sole purpose but also gave students a platform to display their vivid ideas and learn more by interacting with others. With their insightful ideas, colourful pictures and encouraging phrases (slogans) they changed the entire ambience of this contest.

This competition was not only to compete with each other, but also to learn how to put the little ideas in a great pictorial way. The judges were impressed with their creative and inspiring phrases such as:

“Clean India, Green India will be a Beautiful, Happy and Healthy India.”

“જ્યાં સ્વચ્છતા તયાં પ્રધુતા.”

“Cleanliness is Godliness”

Let’s take a step towards cleanliness”

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”

“One step towards hygienic and organized life”

“एक कदम स्वच्छता की ओर”

“कचरा हटाओ, देश बचाओ”

“Clean surroundings, clean country.”

“સ્વચ્છ ધરતી, સુંદર ધરતી”

This competition highlighted their awareness to replace plastic bags with jute, paper or cloth bags. Students at this tender age displayed the mindfulness to use different dust bins for dry, wet and biodegradable garbage.

At the end, to keep the spirit of competition high, Vipul Sir demonstrated his artistic skills by making a large poster on the flex of 10 by 10 feet on “एक कदम स्वच्छता की ओर” using acrylic colours and a recycled cloth. Students were engrossed watching his creativity and were impressed. This type of competitions spread awareness amongst students so that compatibility with nature becomes their motto in life.

Reported by: Dipika Ma’am, Suhani Ma’am