Best Buddies Qatar recently held an art competition for its members from the following schools: Zainab Preparatory School, Khadija Bin Khuwailid Primary School, Nusseiba Bint Kaab Primary School, Al-Khansa Primary School, Mimouna Primary School, Al-Wafaa Primary School, Al-Qadisiya Primary School, Al-Khwarizmi Primary School, Barzan Preparatory Scool, Umm Al-Amd Primary School and Al-Rifaa Primary School. Sixty members participated in the competition.
Among the main objectives of the competition were to portray the positive impact of Best Buddies Qatar in the lives of its members, to give them the opportunity to express themselves through art, to highlight the role of disability in society, to demonstrate the importance of art and creativity in the field of disability.
Ayda al-Mualla – a famous artist who is deaf-mute – attended the ceremony with 10 of her artworks. In a video speech, she described the development of her talent, which was inspired by the surroundings she experienced as a child. She spoke about her devotion to support children with disabilities and inspire them to develop their skills and talents in art; she said she wishes that Qatar some day becomes famous in the world for its art.
The three-member-jury consisting of artists Hanadi al-Darwish, Mona Bou Jassom, and Dana Safer picked three best paintings on the occasion. The paintings belonged to Fahima Hafez Mozammed (1st place), Hadeel Osama Abdullatif (2nd place) and Shahad Tariq Abbas (3rd place). All participants were given certificates and the winners of the competition were given cash prizes.
Laalei Abu Alfain, the Executive Director of Best Buddies Qatar, said: “Best Buddies Qatar is very proud to hold the Art Competition. We thank all who joined Best Buddies Qatar in its goal of social integration. Such events depicts the society in which all people with and without disabilities have rights to equally participate and become assets to the society.”
Mohammed al-Sayeed, the Manager of Rehabilitation and Inclusion Department at Best Buddies Qatar, welcomed all the attendees and said: “This Art Competition aims to create a cultural environment that attracts both people with and without disabilities as even particles of the society; encouraging them to be leaders in their lives and spreads the awareness of the importance of social integration of people with disabilities.”
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