Drawing competition: PMB's young fans picture an American experience of the World Cup

2010-07-13 00:00

IN an effort to strengthen ties and share the American way of life with Pietermaritzburg’s young library users, the Bessie Head central library and the U.S. Consulate collaborated to host the Soccer World Cup Drawing Competition for young football fans on Friday, ahead of the World Cup final.

The competition was divided into two categories, with ages from up to six years old competing amongst each other in one category and ages from seven to 13 in another.

The Information Resource Cen­tre (IRC) at the U.S. Consulate and the Bessie Head Library’s American Corner organised a 2010 World Cup Soccer drawing competition for young library users to celebrate the World Cup.

To enter the competition, the young artists were required to use American colours to draw action pictures on the football field and to use their imagination to capture the spirit of the World Cup in South Africa.

“We started a partnership with the Bessie Head central library four years ago. We saw the need to share the American experience because South Africa is very similar to the United States of America,” said U.S. Consulate public affairs officer Megan Ellis.

“This competition means so much to us because we are learning more about the American experience and it is our last chance to be part of the soccer World Cup legacy,” said young Lwandisa Khumalo (9), a grade four pupil at Berg Street Primary who hails from Edendale.

The winners were given American books, T-shirts with U.S. and SA colours and vuvuzelas.

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