Land of Cherry Blossoms awaits Festa winner

James Kon

Eight selected best entries from schoolchildren in the country are heading to the Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa 2019-2020 in Japan to compete with other participating countries for the prestigious Grand Prix award, the organiser’s award and the excellence award.

The Grand Prix awardee will be invited to the award ceremony and Cultural Exchange programme in Yokohama, Japan in October this year.

The best eight entries were announced yesterday morning in the Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa awarding ceremony for national level at The Rizqun International Hotel.

Acting Director of Co-Curriculum Education Department Mohammad Noriljam bin Haji Jasi was the guest of honour.

The eight best entries were from Siti Nurin Alya Bazilah binti Mohammad Fakhrul Zulfitri from Pengiran Pekerma Setia Diraja (PPSD) Sahibul Bandar Primary School, Siti Nurin Alya Batrisya binti Mohammad Fakhrul Zulfitri from PPSD Sahibul Bandar Primary School, Saffa Nafisah Khairunnisa binti Ardiansah from Sengkurong Primary School, Chiew Yu from Chung Hwa Middle School Bandar Seri Begawan, Md Alif Haikal bin Mat Alimin of Saba Darat Primary School, Elysia Lim Pei Ying from Seri Mulia Sarjana School, K Deepika of St Margaret’s School and Niccole Anndrea Flores Jaena of St John’s School.

Group picture of the winners with the guest of honour and teachers. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The best entry from each of the 87 participating schools were also rewarded. Hajah Hajidah binti Haji Abdul Wahab as the chairpeson of the organising committee of the Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa awarding ceremony for national level said, “Mitsubishi Asian Children’s Enikki Festa is a biannual Festa designed to provide an opportunity for children worldwide to understand Asian people’s daily lives through illustrated diaries.”

The Festa invited children from 24 countries in Asia to illustrate under the theme ‘Here is My Life’.

Hajah Hajidah explained every participant had to create five Enikki with the paper given.

They had to follow the criteria set by the organiser such as not to copy any picture or carbon character, not to cut out from printed material and not to damage the entry by using glue, correction fluid or staples.

She also pointed out school participation increased by 19.5 per cent as compared to the last season. Eighty-seven government, private and Arabic schools participated in the Festa with 1,565 entries.