Published On: Tue, Jun 16th, 2015

Ethiopian Student Wins Global Children’s “Zero Hunger” Design Competition

SHASHEMENE – Thirteen-year-old Zelalem Tusha from Ethiopia’s SNNP region has been named as one of the winners of this year’s global children’s design competition organized by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Twenty three countries participated in the competition with 115 pieces of artwork being submitted by students benefitting from WFP school meals programmes across the world.

The theme was “Zero Hunger: Infinite Possibilities” and allowed students to depict their vision about a brighter future in a world without hunger.

Zelalem Tusha is one of the 20 global finalists and one of the two African winners. This is the second year that a student from Ethiopia has won the prize, last year it was Guush Gebrehiwo from the Tigray region.

“We are proud to have one of the two Africans who won the competition to be from Ethiopia” said Mohamed Diab, WFP’s acting Country Director.

“WFP hopes to continue to give school children unique opportunities like this to reflect their feelings about hunger and inspire them with the idea of eradicating hunger once and for all from this country,” he added.

Zelalem was presented with her prize and certificate at a ceremony today hosted by WFP in collaboration with Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Bureau of Education.

“The meal I get daily at school is what encouraged me more to attend my classes and also express my feelings in drawing,” said Zelalem Tusha, a 6th grade student at Mechisho Elementary School, Dara District, Sidama zone.

WFP’s school meals are an essential tool for the development and growth of children. They are designed to both provide a nourishing meal and give an incentive to parents to keep sending their children to school.

In Ethiopia, the program supports over 450,000 primary schoolchildren. In addition, the programme provides vegetable oil as a take-home ration to about 159,000 girls in pastoralist areas.

Every year WFP feeds around 20 million children in school feeding programmes. Supporting education plays a significant role in breaking the cycle of hunger, and WFP strives to reach the poorest and most vulnerable children.

The designs from the competition will be incorporated into wall calendars for global distribution to raise awareness of WFP’s work.

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WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Stephanie Savariaud – WFP/Addis Ababa, Tel.: +251 911 201976
Melese Awoke – WFP /Addis Ababa, Tel.: +251 911 201981

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