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Homsavan student off to world art contest in Japan

Mr Khamphou Syhalath,11, a year one Homsavan Secondary School student in Hadxayfong district has won the 8-11 years category of “Toyota Dream Car Art Contest 2017”.

His winning picture named “Toyota Car Rescue Bomb” was inspired by trying to find a solution to the unexploded ordnance (UXO) problem that remains a huge danger for people in the country.

After Wednesday's win Khamphou is now the Lao representative among 30 entries for the world contest in Japan this month.

He said he entered the contest for a second time and dreamed up a rescue car to provide information about the bombs and to treat victims at the same time.

The creative 11-year-old hopes his picture will also impress the judges at the world contest and draw attention to the ongoing UXO problem in Laos.

Mr Khamphou Syhalath proudly shows his winning entry in the national contest. .

Mr Khamphou dreams to be an accountant or an architect as well as having his own gallery to showcase his technical drawings and paintings to the public, especially children interested in art.

A trip to the COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise)Visitor Centre where he saw bombs, artificial legs and information about the UXO problem convinced him to create his picture to show a way to clear the bombs.

Homsavan School Director, Mr Khamhou Phongdala said many of their students entered Toyota Dream Car Art Contest 2017 with eight of them receiving prizes in three categories of the national competition and young Mr Khamphou Syhalath off to the world contest in Japan this month.

The director said the school and students' parents werevery proud of their creative efforts.

Furthermore, the Homsavan student won first prize in a recent photo contest which promoted Laos and China friendship.

He said even though Homsavan School was far from the city, teachers at the school worked hard to find beneficial projects for students to participate in and would continue doing so into the future.

The school has also persuaded former graduates to return and help current students in their free time with arts and hired a teacher and artists from National Institute of Fine Arts to teach students how to paint.

Moreover, primary students from year two up were encouraged to get involved in art.

He thanked Toyota Dream Car Art Contest 2017 for giving students a chance to express themselves artistically. One teacher from the school, Mr Vannakone Phongsisay, said the trip to Japan would be a great experience for Mr Khamphou Syhalath with the opportunity to learn lessons from other studentsto further develop his artistic skills.

Mr Mone and Ms Pouna Syhalath, Khamphou's parents, said they were extremely proud their son was the Lao student representative for the contest in Japan and they going as well to cheer him on.

They said Khamphou had a real passion for drawing pictures and the arts, and they would continue to support everything he does.


By Sisouphan Amphonephong
(Latest Update August 5 , 2017 )

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