Melbourne, Australia: Australia is set to conduct a first of its kind essay competition this month on similarities and differences between Diwali and Christmas. Over 5,000 primary schools are said to be participating in this event.
'Celebrate India' group is an Indian organisation in Australia which is organising the inaugural competition. The group is mainly responsible for conducting Diwali celebrations here.
The function is also being supported by the state education department and Indian Consulate of Melbourne.
The essay contest would be open for all students of the primary year, from the 5th and 6th grade.
The competition details was announced by the Consul General of Melbourne, Manika Jain. She said, "This is an initiative we would be keen to see at national level here. For this year, the Consulate is sponsoring the second and third prizes for the winners of the contest which would be specially compiled on literature of India for primary students."
Arun Sharma, Chairman of Celebrate India, said, "The contest would be held from July 30th to September 20th in almost 5,000 schools. The first winner would receive two return tickets to India sponsored by Air India and travelling allowance of Rs 50,000."
All state schools including both private and public work would pick the best 10 entries and submit them to the judging panel of the who will select the top three essays.
The winners of the contest would be announced on the Diwali celebration day in Federation Square here on October 25.
And also, the school with the most entries will also win a six-week Australian Football League (AFL) leadership program which include a visit by an AFL player.
Along with this, every school would be receiving a teacher's resource kit. The resource kit would assist entrants to explore the topic of Diwali and Christmas available on many websites.
"This initiative has support of the state education department. The idea is unique and schools can take this project as their multicultural project and win an award as well," Sharma added.