A press conference was held on 11 July 2016 at Wisma Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sabah to launch the Art of Nation Building 2016 Art Competition. The Press conference attended by Pn Hajah Mainumah Haji Suhaibul, Director of Sabah State Education Department, and members of the joint organizing committee consisting of Society Empowerment & Economic Development Sabah (SEEDS), Junior Chamber International Kota Kinabalu (JCI KK), Persekutuan Persatuan Wanita China Sabah. This will be the second installment of the competition. Last year’s competition was held at the state level had an astounding 5189 entries.
The objective of the art competition is:-
• To cultivate a sense of nationhood and belonging through art
• To encourage patriotism and instill loyalty into the hearts of young people by creating awareness about national values through the expression of art
• To create awareness to the diverse race, ethnicity and cultures of our society especially in our youth
• To further create an understanding of this diversity and thereby acceptance and respect for each other
This art competition will be carried out over the month of July and August where students from Upper Primary (Primary 4, 5 and 6), Lower Secondary (Form 1, 2 and 3) and Upper Secondary (Form 4, 5 and 6) all over the Malaysia can participate. The art competition is themed ‘Hari Jadi Malaysia’. All entries must be received before 12.00pm, 30 August 2016.