LOWER DIR – Students of government run schools in Dir Lower showed enthusiasm and great interest in a photo, painting and science exhibition held at Centennial Model High School Timergara on Sunday.

The exhibition was organised by a local NGO, the Association for Behaviour & Knowledge Transformation (ABKT), executive director of which Mrs Shad Begum was awarded with International Women of Courage Award 2012 by the State Department at Washington this year.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had financed the event under the title of “peace and development”.  Such an exhibition was also held for girl students of the district at the Centennial Model Girls High School Timergara where according to participants dozen of female students not only attended the event but displayed their paintings. District officer female Dir Lower Ms Shaheen Begum was chief guest on the occasion.

School principals, headmasters, teachers, students and social activists attended the exhibition.

Students of different schools of the Dir Lower displayed their self-made paintings, photographs, diagrams and biological models while the visitors took keen interest in them.

A function at the end was held which was addressed by executive district officer education Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, deputy superintendent of police Timergara circle Amjad Khan, principal Khaizar Hayat, ABKT operational manager Aurang Zeb Khan, field coordinator Shad Muhammad and others.

They termed peace essential for national development. Praising efforts of the students, the speakers urged students to take active part in healthy activities.

They said students and youth were bright future of the country and they should realize their responsibilities.

They said that participation of girl students in photo and painting exhibition in Dir was the sign that people wanted peace and development.

The EDO and other guests on the occasion distributed shields, trophies and cash prizes among winner students.

Students participating in the competition told that they could improve their talent if provided with facilities.

“There is no shortage of talent in students of Dir but they need facilities to demonstrate it,” one of them said.