The Art of Nation Building Programme 2017


Tze Ek Ng


From April 1 to September 9, 2017


Students, Youth

Target avg age


People impacted


Sustainable Development Goal

Partnerships for the Goals

Development stage

Education and Economic Empowerment


• To cultivate a sense of nationhood and belonging through art
• To encourage patriotism and instill loyalty into the hearts of young people by creating awareness about national values through the expression of art
• To create awareness to the diverse race, ethnicity and cultures of our society especially in our youth
• To further create an understanding of this diversity and thereby acceptance and respect for each other


Patriotism and one’s love for their country is not just about flying the national flag once a year. This physical and traditional action may no longer be effective amongst our younger generation when it comes to nurturing and inculcating love and loyalty to their home country. Instead, alternative innovative approaches are required to engage the young nowadays to sow in them this ‘patriotic seed’. Therefore, this programme is aimed at re-introducing the young to the country’s golden times and awakening their sense of belonging towards their home country by re-enacting and expressing the past pride in their artwork. Through this expression of art, history can then become a practical reference for creating a better future in our country.

This programme is jointly organised by the Sabah State Education Department (JPN), The programme is aimed;


There are three (3) parts to the programme:

An art competition was carried out over the month of July and August where students from Upper Primary (Primary 4, 5 and 6), Lower Secondary (Form 1, 2 and 3) and Upper Secondary (Form 4, 5 and 6) all over the Sabah state participated. The art competition was themed ”Hari Jadi Malaysia”. In year 2015 and 2016, we received in total 13,000 submission and this year we achieve our target with 10,033 submissions.

(II) NATION BUILDING ART EXHIBITION (26th August – 26th September)
During judging, around 400 pieces of artwork shall be shortlisted. These selected pieces of artwork as well as the synopsis will then be exhibited in high crowd turn over area for a few weeks which includes locations such as CityMall, Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu International Airport and Gaya Street.

The Art of Nation Building programme will climax with a prize presentation ceremony.

Sabah schools contributed more than 80 per cent of the total artworks submitted for The Art of Nation Building (TANB) 2017. Apart from that, there is also a significant participation amongst schools from Peninsula Malaysia recorded at 1,718 entries from ten states and Federal Territories including Labuan compared to only five states last year. Additionally, the organising committee received 26 drawings from students with various disabilities such as autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and speech and hearing impediments.

Top winners will be determined by the creativity of their artworks and the factual accuracy of their presentation as well. The synopsis of each of the artworks will also constitute a portion of the assessment marks. Young generation are told to observe the significance of the formation of Malaysia as part of a successful history.


The programme is well received by many and Education Department has expressed their support to organise this event annually.

The State Education Department has also express their intention to assist us to take this programme national. So Malaysian is able to benefit through this programme.

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