Six-year-old Mpai Seabi’s portrait of her grandmother has earned her the second place in the national Pre-Schools Art Competition held in Gauteng recently and she has donated half of her prize money to her school.
Mpai, a learner at Pietersburg English Medium Primary School (Pemps) Grade R has made her school, her family and the entire province proud. While the school had entered 11 learners work, Mpai’s was the only one to be awarded a prize.
Principal Karen Adlem said the competition was held early this year but the prize giving ceremony only took place last Saturday. She said it was the first time the school had entered the competition which made Mpai’s second position even more remarkable.
The competition aimed at paying tribute to grandparents and learners were requested to draw either their grandma or grandpa. “The grandparents who attended the prize giving ceremony were spoiled on the day and learners were taught about the importance of having grandparents,” Adlem said.
Mpai was accompanied by her grandparents William and Elizabeth Seabi and her mother, Mokgadi when she handed over the money to the school. William said his granddaughter’s achievement shows that she has talent and he pledged to do everything in his power to ensure that she takes part in many art competitions to enhance her skills.
Elizabeth thanked Pemps Grade R’s educators for uncovering Mpai’s talent while Mokgadi said they were planning to take her to art classes in the future to improve her skills. She also thanked the school for exposing its learners to such competitions.
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI