Today I'm at the London Book Fair so I hope you don't mind me sharing some information about an association called WriteUnite as I think this is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters to 'have a voice' and see their work in print.
The aim is to unite the world through short stories, poems and illustrations contributed by children from all around the world. In 2015 WriteUnite aims to reach out to more schools and more countries so they can represent the voices of youth across the globe. These submissions are then to be published into a book.They have already published one book, The Perfect World
Here's a picture of some schoolchildren receiving their copies of The Perfect World.
WriteUnite are now in the process of publishing a second book, titled I Believe, and want stories and pictures on the theme of I Believe from children all over the world. They are asking children to write from their heart, expressing their dreams and aspirations. There is no grade, no right and no wrong. Every submission received will be published.
WriteUnite sells the books and all funds raised by profits are used to buy school kits for students in LEDCs. The Perfect World was published in 2013 and had submissions from students from all continents. The schools kits bought by the sales proceeds were sent to the Tegla Loroupe Education and Peace Centre in Kapenguria, Kenya, in February 2015.
These pictures here show schoolchildren with their kits. The school kits include a pen, pencils, colouring pencils, three exercise books (one squared, one blank and one ruled), a sharpener, a rubber, a ruler and a pencil case as well as a sturdy rucksack. They ensure that these kits reach students who need them by working with established and reliable grassroots organisations that support their cause.
If you know any youngster who'd like to submit a drawing or story for I Believe, you can find the guidelines here