World peace in a small format
Bamberg – melina mahmoodi probably did not expect it. When she hands over a picture to her art teacher in the hallway shortly before the end of school, the student from the erlos middle school sees her chances of winning the painting competition of the lions club as rather slim. The format of her drawing was actually too small, and the competition among the students was fierce. But on thursday morning, when her placard was hung over a piece of paper with the words "first place" on it is removed, the sixth-grader is thrilled.
She accepts her prize to thunderous applause. "The picture shows how people of all countries, religions and skin colors live together peacefully", melina mahmoodi explains her winning motive. This one shows a dove of peace, symbols and people of all countries hugging the earth.
The peace poster competition takes place every year all over the world. The theme this time was "the future of peace". 300,000 young people around the world put their thoughts and ideas on paper for this project.
Melina came to germany from iran with her family just under a year ago. Besides her mother tongue and german, she also speaks english. This could be helpful. She has qualified for both the bavarian and the german final rounds. If her picture is convincing, the schoolgirl will travel to the UN in new york next year with her companion and the winners from the other countries.
There she could present her small poster on very rough international stage.