School students expressed concern over the violence and inhuman killings in the country and called for peace, at a poem recitation competition held here on Thursday.
â€œThe need for peace observed by young students should be seen as their yearning for return of normalcy,â€ said Mod Nath Prashrid, former minister of education and a poet at the function. He added that the primary task facing the nation is to ensure that people live in harmony.
The competition was organised as a part of the celebrations of the 37th Studentsâ€™ Day to mark the establishment of All Nepal National Free Student Union (ANNFSU). â€œWe are organising the event to provide an outlet to students in expressing their viewsâ€ said Bhairab Rawal, central committee member of ANNFSU.
Forty-seven public and private schools of the valley participated in the poem recitation competition while, 25 of them recited self-written poems in the final round.
Poet Manjul, congratulating students for their thought-evoking poems, said: â€œPoems should neither preach nor should they criticise others. Instead they should be the expression of oneâ€™s heart.â€
Roshan Poudel of Lotus School, who bagged the first prize, walked away with Rs 2000 along with a shield. â€œThe competition has helped build my confidence besides giving me an opportunity to represent my school,â€ said Binod Dhakal, who won a consolation prize.