The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced the Youth with Refugees Art Contest with the 2021 theme of “Together Through Sport”. UNHCR wants to shed light on the power of sport to bring people together and create a sense of hope through their theme. Entrants can send an illustration and enter the UNHCR #dreamball design contest. The best designs will be turned into footballs made by an ethical manufacturing company and sold to support sporting activities for refugees. Anyone between the ages of ten and thirty years can participate in this art contest to show their creativity for a good cause. There is no need to be a professional artist to send entries as anyone can be creative in their own way. Young refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless and internally displaced people are most welcome to join the contest. The best creations will be shared with UNHCR’s 10 million followers on their social media platforms and featured in a digital exhibition. Finalists will receive special prizes and goodies from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
Contests like these push people out of their comfort zone and make them draw something that they would not have thought of on their own. Moreover, winners can have their artworks displayed online or at events and exhibitions. With this, they also gain recognition and meet people with similar interests. People can express their creativity, innovations, meet people with similar interests and receive valuable feedback on their artworks. They can test if what they created is worthy of prize or not and what they can do to improve for next competitions.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a UN agency, is mandated to aid and protect refugees, stateless people, and forcibly displaced communities. They assist in voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country. The UNHCR is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with over 17,300 staff working in 135 countries. Since June 2020, UNHCR has over twenty million refugees under its mandate, and its annual budget has grown from US$300,000 in 1951 to US$8.6 billion in 2019, making it one of the largest UN agencies by expenditure.
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Refer to the below table for more details of the scholarship:
|Organization||United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees|
|Educational Level||Aged between 10 and 13|
|Number of Awards||Multiple|
|Application Deadline||June 25|
Who May Be Eligible
- Between ten and thirty years old
- Young refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless and internally displaced people
How to Apply
Entrants can draw by hand or on a computer or tablet. If you draw by hand, a scan must be taken, and a good quality picture of the drawing must be submitted to apply for the contest. For the general competition, entrants can send a drawing or a comic illustrating the theme in the format of their choice. The creations can be submitted online on the official website and social media using “together with #withrefugees” and #dreamball.
- For the general competition – a drawing or a comic illustrating the theme, in the format of the entrant’s choice
- For the #dreamball design competition – use the ball design template and draw within the two frames.
The best creations will be shared with UNHCR’s 10 million followers on their social media platforms and featured in a digital exhibition. Finalists will receive special prizes and goodies from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
The deadline for this contest is June 25.