Hospital to Honour 21 Students
Twenty-one government school pupils are being honoured today for highlighting health issues through an art and writing competition.
The primary, intermediate, secondary and handicapped school students will receive certificates, plaques and trophies at a ceremony being held at 9am at the Education Ministry's main hall in Isa Town.
Teachers and supervisors of the winning students will also receive awards at the function.
The competition and ceremony have been organised by the International Hospital of Bahrain (IHB) in co-operation with the Education Ministry.
For the competition participants were required to enter a piece of work (either art, short story, or poetry, depending on the school category), based on last year's World Health Day theme: Road Safety.
Primary schools entered art work, intermediate schools short stories, secondary schools poetry, and handicapped children submitted art or writing work of their choice.
Around 350 students entered the competition, which began in April last year and ended in October.
"The aim of the competition was to increase students' awareness of healthy lifestyles and to involve them in international topics related to World Health Organisation's activities," said ceremony chief guest and IHB board of governors vice-chairman Dr Julianne Al Zeerah, who is wife of IHB president and chief executive officer Dr Faysal Zeerah.
Competition entries were judged by a committee of five people from the Education Ministry. The judges selected the three best handicapped school student entries. They also selected the three best entries from each of the school categories (primary, intermediate and secondary), with boys and girls schools being judged separately.
In addition, three students overall were selected for outstanding work. "The theme for this year's competition is Make Every Mother and Child Count, which is this year's World Health Day theme."
The ceremony is being held under the patronage of Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuami and Health Minister Dr Nada Haffadh.
Officials from both ministries and IHB will conduct the ceremony, which will be followed by the opening of an exhibition showcasing around 150 student exhibits.
IHB president and chief executive officer Dr Faysal Zeerah will host the award recipients and guests. Awards and prizes are being sponsored by IHB.
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