Today, Ministry of Finance, Unicef, Bank of Estonia and the Estonian Olympic Committee are announcing an essay and drawing competition on the topic of euro titled “What do I like about the euro?” The competition starts on November 25th and ends on December 10th.
All kindergarten children as well as the pupils of general and vocational education schools are welcome to take part in the competition. The participation is individual and every pupil can submit only one piece of work. Kindergarten children and pupils up to grade 5 may submit a drawing instead of an essay. The drawings and essays can be sent by post to Unicef Eesti: Auna 6, Tallinn 10317, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
“Transition to the euro affects all the people in Estonia – regardless of age, and so we would like to invite children and young pupils to think along on the topics related to the euro,” explained the chancellor of the Ministry of Finance, Tea Varrak. “This helps us to become better acquainted with the circumstances related to the transition as well as with the notes and coins themselves, also providing the organisers with an improved overview of what the children and young people know and think.”
“Ability to plan one’s expenditure and revenue and to keep it under control no longer concerns only adults. Children are also increasingly required to take part in the planning of their pocket money. Children’s vision of the euro would help to understand in which financial areas the adults could provide their children with more instructions and help,” spoke of the Executive Director of Estonian Unicef, Toomas Palu.
Three of the best works in each age group are selected by a jury, which in addition to the Minister of Finance, Jürgen Ligi, also includes the Chancellor of the Ministry of Finance, Tea Varrak, Executive Director of Estonian Unicef, Toomas Palu, Head of the International and Public Relations Department of Bank of Estonia, Katrin Kask, and Olympic gold medallist Jaak Uudmäe.
The authors of the best essays or drawings shall be invited to a ceremonial reception in the Ministry of Finance. In amongst kindergarten groups and school classes with the highest participation rate, the jury shall pick one that will be awarded a school trip to the museum of the Bank of Estonia.