Countdown begins for entries to 2013 Interfaith Calendar Competition
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
The clock is ticking for schoolchildren across Hampshire to submit their creative entries for the county's fifth annual Interfaith Calendar Competition.
For 2013, pupils are once again being asked by the 'Hampshire Interfaith Network' with Hampshire County Council to produce a poem, drawing, painting, picture, or a combination of those to represent a religious event or events, in any one given calendar month of the year. For example, entries for April could include the Christian celebration of Palm Sunday or Naw-Ruz (New Year) celebration of the Bahai faith in March. December could include Hanukkah, which is a Jewish festival.
The closing date for entries is Friday 20 July 2012, when 12 winners and 12 runners up will be selected by a judging panel comprising of the Co-Chairs of the Hampshire Interfaith Network; Hampshire County Council Executive Member for Communities and International Relations, Councillor Keith Mans and Dr Jasbir Dulay, plus a representative of Hampshire County Council's Children's Services.
The 'Hampshire Interfaith Network' supports nine faiths, these are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Bahai, Jain and Zoroastrian. The network's aim is to promote interfaith harmony and understanding for the benefit of the people of Hampshire by encouraging and promoting respect, communication and the knowledge of different faiths across the county.
Successful competition entries will be used in the production and publication of the 2013 Calendar. All schools entering the competition, plus the winners and their families will be invited to attend the official launch of the Calendar and an awards ceremony in November, where each winning and runner-up entry will be awarded their prize.
The calendar will go on sale at the beginning of October 2012 and advance orders are welcomed.