Kids draw images on responsible mining

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Hebraica Ambus and eleven-year-old Grace Gift Sumbi grew up in a place near a mining site in Toledo City.

Since childhood, both already knew of the disadvantages the mining industry brought to the environment.

“Ever since, I always thought that mining is bad and it destructs our mountains to be able to get minerals,” said Ambus, a fourth year high school student of Toledo City Science High School.

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But Ambus and Sumbi’s perception changed after they underwent a seminar workshop that aims to integrate art and mining.

Carmen Copper Corp. (CCC) initiated a poster-making and painting workshop for public and private elementary and secondary schools in Toledo City.

The activity is in partnership with Department of Education (DepEd) Toledo City.

After the workshop, the participants joined the on-the-spot poster making and painting contest with the theme “Mining responsibility for a brighter future.”

Participants

Thirty-two elementary schools in Toledo City joined the poster-making category, while 17 secondary schools joined the painting category.

Of all the schools that joined the activity, 12 were chosen as finalists in each category.

Sumbi, a Grade 6 student of De la Salle, Don Andres Soriano Memorial College won the first prize in the the poster-making contest.

“I was so inspired to do my artwork after what I’ve learned from the workshop,” she told Sun.Star Cebu.

Sumbi said her father who is also an art enthusiast, became her first art mentor.

Ambus, for her part, said her art activities in school since elementary days honed her talent in painting.

“I wanted to show to the public what I’ve learned from the workshop,” she said.

Awareness

Ambus’s “responsible mining re-nurtures nature” painting got the first prize in the painting category of the competition.

Rodrigo Cal, CCC vice president and resident manager, said the activity aims to increase public awareness in Toledo City where the company is.

“This is also our way of giving back and we think empowering the youth has a long-term effect,” Cal said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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