Thai among UN art contest winners

A 17-year-old girl from Thailand has won a United Nations drawing competition held to promote gender equality in education.

Pkamon Puttipipat says her winning artwork was inspired by teachers' "kindness and devotion". (Photo courtesy of Unesco)

Pkamon Puttapipat from Bangkok was among 15 winners selected from 56 finalists, out of 800 entries received from across Asia, according to Unesco.

Other winning contestants were from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Miss Pkamon’s drawing shows a Muslim teacher instructing her children in an informal setting.

She said her work was inspired by "her impression of teachers' kindness and devotion to their students regardless of nationality. Kindness is the international language."

The competition was held under the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative launched in 2000 to promote the right to education and gender equality for all children.

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