United States Agency for Industrial Development launches nationwide painting competition to promote energy conservation among school students

Islamabad, June 08, 2012 (PPI-OT): Homes and schools are among the largest consumers of electricity in Pakistan, and if children are engaged and involved in nationwide energy conservation, it would result in the reduction of load shedding and uninterrupted electricity to consumers.

Energy consumption in everyday life results in environmental degradation and load shedding since energy is produced from fuel, which is culled from coal, oil and natural gas. These non-renewable sources of energy millions of years in the making will eventually dry up if not conserved.

Pakistan has been passing through a grave electricity load-shedding from last many years which has resulted not only in frustration among the general public but has also impacted on economy with decrease in employment and investment opportunities.

USAID has initiated a nationwide painting competition for students to help begin a dialog on how energy can be conserved. Aimed at participants between the ages of 8 and 17 years, the competition embraces a variety of themes and styles from watercolors to oil paints and color pencils.

Both English and Urdu medium schools are targeted so that maximum number of students may be engaged and involved in energy conservation. Additional information, including the competition’s themes, is available at the Program’s website: www.pdip.pk/painting.

The three-year USAID Power Distribution Program was announced by Secretary of State Clinton in 2009 as one of the US Government’s efforts to support Pakistan’s energy system. Through the Power Distribution Program, the US Government provides assistance to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector so as to mitigate the current energy crisis.

The program is helping government-owned electric power distribution companies to improve their performance in terms of reduced losses, increased revenues, and enhanced customer services. More information is available at http://pdip.pk.

For more information, Contact:
USAID Power Distribution Program
Zia Ur Rehman
Communications Manager
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 2270911-916 Ext (106)
Fax: +92 51 8312997
Mobile: +92-334 513 0 950
Email: zrehman@pdip.pk
Web: www.pdip.pk

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