By Team Mangalorean
Mangalore : BASF, the world’s leading chemical company,
organized an inter-school essay competition in the city as part of its
ongoing initatives to celebrate the Year of Germany in India.
Aiming to generate greater interest in chemistry amongst students, the
competition attracted over 100 participants, who are in Class VI and VII from
across 25 public and private schools in and around Mangalore
Participants gathered at the factory of BASF Mangalore and
contributed their essays on a chemistry topic, which was announced on the spot.
The competition commenced with a brief introduction on the topic, followed by 30
minutes of preparation time for the participants. Thereafter, students
presented their essays in English or Kannada within an
Chairman, BASF Companies in India and head South Asia Prasad
Chandran, speaking on the occasion said, “BASF strives to inspire children’s
dynamic thinking by introducing various initiatives that promote the concept of
sustainable development. We continue to organize Kids' Lab every year
because we want to introduce more children to topics related to innovations and
sustainability, thus enhancing their interest in chemistry."
He further said, "Through participating in the inter-school essay
competition, children are encouraged to question, think and analyze various
scientific innovations around them. By showing them the role chemistry
plays in our day to day lives, they understand the countless ways we contribute
to their quality of life”.
A panel of judges were to select three
best entries from both groups out of all the English and Kannada entries
received. Winners will be rewarded in a special function during the Bangalore
stop of the Indo-German Urban Mela.
In addition to the prizes, winners will be presented a unique opportunity to
visit and participate in BASF Kids’ Lab, a hands-on chemistry lab, set up at the
BASF pavilion in Bangalore. All the participants in the contest will be awarded
with a certificate of participation.
As an official partner to the event, BASF has one of the largest and most
prominent pavilions that will exhibit the company’s innovations from across the
globe in the areas of mobility, health and nutrition and construction. BASF
Kids’ Lab, the company’s signature chemistry education programme, popular
amongst the youth is also featuring at the pavilion and includes water-related
experiments among others.
United Nations has declared the period 2005-2014 as the Decade of Education
for Sustainable Development (DESD). The initiative is aimed at integrating the
values, principles and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of
education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and
environmental problems that the current and future generations will face. BASF,
as the world’s leading chemical company is undertaking a series of educative and
interactive activities globally to promote and create awareness on the role of
chemistry in shaping the future.