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Drawing ‘the difference’

Apr 2012 | No Comment

Meet Doresa Demaj. She is an eleven year old girl from class 6B at the Theodor-Storm-School in Berlin. She loves reading and swimming. She also loves drawing and painting. Have a look at her drawing printed above. Interesting! Is n’t it? It is about space, rockets, astronauts,…The choice of colors, which goes so well with the theme.

Last autumn, Ms Gruner, the teacher in charge of class B suggested her students to participate in Galileo Drawing Competition. Doresa participated in this competition and won the 1st prize in Germany. She received her trophy (a model of the satellite which will be named after her) and a certificate from Dr Reinhold Ewald, a German astronaut working for the European Space Agency (ESA) and a member of the Galileo jury in Germany at the award ceremony of the Galileo Drawing Competition on 14 February 2012.

The jury was fascinated by her picture and why not. She used many different techniques. She started with drawing, used painting colors and glued different bits and pieces to her picture. The winning picture is a mixture of a collage, a painting and a drawing. Wolfgang Tiefensee (former German Transport Minister, Member of the Galileo Jury) observed, “The selection of colors is incredibly interesting, as the picture has all the different colors we would associate with the topic of “space/aeronautics”: different shades of blue, yellow and white.”

The Galileo Drawing Competition took place in each of the 27 European Union Member States throughout 2011. Children born between 2000 and 2012 in each of these countries were encouraged to take part. Each child was required to submit a piece of artwork based on the theme “Space and Aeronautics”. The children were invited to give free rein to their imagination and use any drawing, painting and coloring material and techniques they wished. Pictures were then scanned or photographed and uploaded to the competition website (http://www. The winners have now been selected and the name of each individual child will be given to a Galileo Program Satellite. The competition in Germany ran from 1st September to the 15th November 2011.

I met Doresa last month when she came to Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2012, with both the painting and trophy to say a few words on space and satellite navigation. While Doresa was presenting her drawing at the Summit, I was thinking – it is not about a drawing or about a child. It is also not about a drawing competition. It is more about generating awareness and engaging children on the issues which are otherwise confined to the elite walls of some elite groups. Galileo Drawing Completion takes the lead. Will other follow?


– Bal Krishna (with inputs from
Eszter Kiss and Heike Haas)

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