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School Drawing Competition: For Roma, with Roma


Vote now for your favourite school to win up to 1000 Euros in vouchers for books and art materials!

You are invited to vote for the overall first, second and third place winners in a drawing competition organized by the European Commission for 7-10 year olds.

The aim of the competition is to help children, teacher and parents think about what we share that allows us to live together in an inclusive and mixed society. All entries were submitted by schools from across Europe before 16 February 2016.

From hundreds of drawings from schools across Europe, a jury panel has now selected the national winners in all the countries where schools participated in the competition.

Discover the winning drawings below and place your vote on the final selection of the overall first, second and third place winners. Schools need your vote to be considered for the final jury panel!

The public vote is open until 17 March 2016.

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Sunny children

The children created the drawing with great joy. Before they started, they reviewed a book issued by UNICEF and also unique pictures published in “8” (“Eight”) magazine – “What games do children around world play?” They discussed what their project could include and they had fun! They came upon a title while discussing different ideas.



Osnova škola “Dr. Ivana Novaka”, Macinec
First of all, we asked the pupils to pronounce their names in different ways and affirm their characteristics that make them unique. Then, in groups of two, they presented themselves; what they like, what makes them laugh, etc. Then they presented to the whole class. The pupils were asked to present what they have in common and their differences. Diversity enriches our community; we learned this from each other.


We play together

Dimotiko Sxoleio Lemesou (Kontovathkia), Mesa Geitonia, Lemesos
The children did the project in their free time. At school they were taught the concepts and some instructions were given.

Czech Republic

One world for all

ZS i MS Milotice - Milotice
We are brought together by absolutely common things or feelings. It may be laughter or anxiety, joy or fear. We experience together nice or less nice days. However, we should not lose our self-confidence. One world for all – Roma people with us and us with them. The youngest one of us painted the background and then we have thought about our theme together. Some of us drew 5 portraits and others wrote feelings or comments into them.


We are equal

Wilhelm-Busch-Schule, Hamm
Together, the teachers and children considered how they could help each other so that everyone (in the school) felt happy and not alone. The children listed five different ways that they wanted to illustrate. The children also painted pictures of five children that are different in their appearance and in their origin, but despite that were linked together by reaching out their hands. The children enjoyed designing the pictures and divided up the work together.


The bridge that unite us.

Eidiko Dimotiko Sxoleio Kofon-Varukoon Panorama Thessaloniki
The children discussed the topic with the teacher in order to understand it. Then, ideas and thoughts were expressed and written on the board. Then we created the project based on the students’ideas.

  • All children are friends and love each other.
  • We go to school to learn things and play with each other.
  • Each person learns in a different way and we respect that.
  • School is a bridge that unites all cultures.
  • Everyone loves, cries, laughs, gets angry, feels…


The five senses of equality

Ecole Angela Davis, La Courneuve - Paris
Roma children visited us. We introduced the Roma children to the school environment through games and shared meals in the canteen. We had a discussion about the living conditions of Roma people and the rights of European children. Groups were then created based on the ideas of children and drawings inspired by the five human senses produced. “It is not right to exclude Roma people; they are like us. It is not fair that they do not go to school.” (Sassa)


Shine, Sun!

Vásárhelyi László Alapfokú Művészeti Iskola, Nyíregyháza
The group performed the task in project work. They compared their ideas, prepared plans for the work, and divided the tasks. They discussed the ways in which they are identical and chose the things that are especially characteristic of their little group. It was a joy for the other children to do something outstanding and special. They drew, coloured and painted the picture, and then showed it to the other children and their parents as well. “We came from different places, but our shared things connect us.”


All together. We…

Istituto comprensivo « Japigio 1 – Verga »,
We had a short reflection on equality issues and what it means as people. We discussed in groups of four and produced a detailed list of five points indicating one reason or circumstance in which we are all equal. Ideas that emerged include: “We all attend school and share together important moments" and "We are all equal when we dream of growing up and getting a job". We produced a shared drawing representing four situations mentioned in our 'collective list’.


We are the same in all cardinal directions

Jelgava 4. Sākumskola, Jelgava
The competition was held among children of different nationalities, including a Roma girl. Children gladly supported the idea of making a drawing to illustrate “Give me 5! Five ways we are the same”. First, children learnt how to depict their emotions with colours. During this task, we realized that all people have a lot in common. Vanesa said: “We not only feel different emotions in a similar way, but we also have celebrations and play together.”


Lithuania – a country of all nations

Ukmergė “Ryto” specialidji mokykla, Ukmergė
This subject was the focus of our parents-teachers conference. We talked about the fact that everybody was happy in our country. We learned about different nationalities, their customs and traditions. But we are all united by friendship, understanding, respect and tolerance. We learned that differences should not be a reason for discord and abuse, that everyone can feel safe. We stressed that from an early age it is important to teach to accept differences, understand others and those who are different not only at school, but at home, too.


We spend our free time together: dancing and singing by the fire.

Zespól Szkół Ogólnokształcących Nr 7 w Chełmie, Chełm
During art activities in afterschool care for Roma and Polish children at Comprehensive School Complex No. 7 in Chełm, children created an artwork on the subject “Roma and non-Roma children – all together”. Before starting drawing, we talked about Roma culture. Emil and Klaudia told Amelia about traditional Roma dress and taught her Roma dance steps. The children also discussed how and where they could spend their free time together.


"Pangeia Humana"

Agrupamento de Escolas das Laranjeiras, Lisboa
After an introduction to the topic, each student worked on it individually, with the teacher’s support.Then a few elements were chosen from the different works and with these we created the visual composition we present here, with the help of our teachers. The final work represents the individuality (hat), freedom (horse), the dream (the island), the culture (musical instruments), knowledge (book) in a common area (Europe).


"Under the Sun, We Are All Equal"

Şcoala gimnazialǎ N°2 Stancea, Comuna Spantou
They made the drawing during the "Children's Rights" lesson, as part of the Civic Education class. We started from the title "We are all equal under the sun. We all have equal rights and duties. The sun shines every day, the same way for all of us." Carla Onică: "I come from a Roma family, with minimal means, but I've never felt discouraged. With my schoolmates, we're all a family. We participate in contests together, we play, we study.


Five steps to friendship

Zš s Mš Š. Ďurovčíka, Palín
The children discussed what they thought about how friendship develops, and they discussed the subject, “How you can make a friend.”


We play together

Oš Janka Padežnika, Maribor
There are three Roma girls in our class. Children have accepted them, they invite them to play and talk to them. They are also ready to help them, especially because they don't understand the language so well. During the creation of their drawing they talked about all the things they liked to do together.


Everyone's sun

C.E.I.P Juan XXIII, Torrent
We carried out this activity in class. Pupils were grouped into five teams of three children. Each team discussed the theme of the contest and proposed ideas to illustrate it. “The sun warms us all” was selected then the group drew a picture to represent their own view of diversity.


The wise diamond

Fokusskolan 61160 Nyköping
Diamonds are as valuable as us, all humans. It was difficult to draw together and agree, but once it took off it was great to see how the cooperation grew. We watched movies about everybody having equal value and then we painted with pastels and water colour.

United Kingdom

In School we are One!

First Estate Primary School, Derby
To begin with, the theme was shared with the group and followed by a short brainstorming session. We then drew out a rough idea of what we wanted our drawing to look like. The children decided that they wanted the school to be the base of what we all share and then they chose to represent the theme through drawings and hands. The hands show how we all learn the same subjects in school, we all have friends, we are all happy, we all play and share and ultimately in school we are one.