Voices of Future Generations is a unique writing initiative under the patronage of UNESCO, created to promote Sustainability and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. HH Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Goodwill Ambassador for the initiative for the Gulf Region.
The initiative was first launched internationally in 2014, and it is in its first year in the Gulf Region.
Voices of Future Generations is a writing competition for students between 8 and 12, encouraging young writers to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by incorporating one or more of them in their stories. The focus is on creativity and imagination, with stories focused on characters that overcome something, as all good adventure tales do.
Winners will have the chance to join a global council of prize-winning child authors, and have their work featured online and in inspirational books that will be sent to schools and libraries throughout the world.
Delivered by the Emirates Literature Foundation, the competition is open to all and accepting entries in Arabic and English. Workshops, additional resources and advice to support aspiring young writers all help ensure students understand what is required and how to create the best possible entry.
Since its launch, 12 books (one anthology of 8 stories and 11 individual books) have been published in hard copy and disseminated globally.