ISLAMABAD - A large number of students from different schools of the Capital on Saturday took part in the paintings contest titled, 'My multi-coloured scarf of peace, a display of 110 ft mural, designed by artist Fauzia Minallah here at the Fatima Jinnah Park (F-9 Park). It was a unique event of its kind in which students from City School, Beaconhouse and other high-ranked schools of the Capital and students from the Katchi Abadis schools participated organised by Funkor Child Art Centre with the collaboration of Zimmadar Shehri. The basic aim of the contest was to highlight the miseries of deprived segment of the society and to address the misconception regarding scarf and the peaceful youth of the country. Rafiullah, a student of class 5th at Pehli Kiran School System, which was started in 1996 near Golra Sharif Katchi Abadi area, said that he first time visited such a marvelous place of the Capital. He suggested that such events should be held every month. Another student of a Katchi Abadi school expressed same feelings, as he took part in the contest and won prizes. Tahir Abdullah, a social activist, told TheNation that Fauzia has dedicated her multi-coloured scarf of peace to all those children who were living under difficult circumstances and face discrimination. It features, Amai, a cartoon character developed by her for children. It is a bird made of light, which is a friend of children and takes them on exciting adventures and spread the message of love, peace and tolerance, she said. It is pertinent to mention here that representatives of civil society and social activists were also present there to encourage the students. Ghazala Minallah, a social activist, said that there were more than 10 schools in the Katchi Abadi for the poor children. She said that it was exciting that the students from different background gathered on one platform. She was of the view that such kinds of forums could contribute to reduce the communication gap between rich and poor. Tajreen, an organiser of the event, who was also busy in distributing the refreshment among the students, said that there were a large number of displaced children studying in those Katchi Abadi schools, established by Sabira and Navaid Qureshi purely on volunteer basis in collaboration with Trustees of the Jamshed Akhtar Qureshi Education Trust. She said, The mission of these schools is supporting every childs right to basic education. She said that it was also the responsibility of the government to provide free education to its citizens.