By San Boromeichan
Nov Sakarach, a student majoring in International Relations, won First Place in an Education Peace Art Competition organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The competition was held on April 1-3 at Pannasastra University. Many talented and bright young Cambodian artists participated in the competition.
Sakarach chose the draw a picture of a man with a combination of four main religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, Christian, and Islamism. The painting explores the relationship between religions and human life. He elaborated on why he chose to enter the competition with this picture.
“I. . .[believe]. . .that all the religions have the same purpose and goal of teaching and guiding people to live in a harmonious and prosperous way,” he said.
As a result, he came up with the idea of including the four religions in the artwork in order to show that there is nothing wrong with people who practice different religions working together.
Sakarach was very excited and felt honored to win first place. In his acceptance speech, he encouraged Cambodian youth to participate more in activities like this because they will benefit from the experience and can develop their skills.
He also said that he has gained some insights from painting.
“A good painting does not need only good hands, but it needs good brains.”
Source: UC Bulletin June 2011, Page 18