Dubai: The Emirates Literature Foundation, the Middle East consultant for the Voices of Future Generations initiative under the patronage of UNESCO, has launched a series of online workshops for children aged 8-12 taking part in the global writing competition. The competition closes for submissions 25 April.

In the Middle East for the first time with the support of HH Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Goodwill Ambassador for the Gulf region for Voices of Future Generations, the competition aims to raise awareness on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Rights of the Child. Young children age 8-12 can submit short adventure stories in Arabic or English for a chance to win.

More than 55 workshops have already taken place in schools across the UAE since October 2019. The new online workshops follow the same format, but will offer new writing tips and guidance for future child authors ahead of the compeition closing date.

The workshops will cover story writing tips, education on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Rights of the Child, and how these can become the foundation for an adventure story for children. They will also show how to encourage compassion for those less fortunate and help build a better future.

Isobel Abulhoul, CEO and Trustee of Emirates Literature Foundation, said: “In the current climate, the safety, welfare and education of the children in the region remains our priority. We hope these online tools will guide teachers and parents, and inspire children working on their story submissions for Voices of Future Generations. We know there are children feeling restless and bored at home right now, and there is nothing wrong with that. Boredom is often a precursor to great creativity, and I can’t wait to read the stories coming out of this initiative.”  

The adventure stories should focus on a hero working to make a difference, drawing on one or several of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the UN.

Voices of Future Generations Middle East will shortlist 20 stories in Arabic and English, which will be judged by an international panel. The winning entry will become a part of the annual anthology of stories from all over the world which will be disseminated globally to schools and libraries.

Entries are open to all children resident in the GCC and in full-time education, including those who are home-schooled. For more details on the workshops and to submit stories, please visit vofg.vofgarabia.org/

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For more information, please contact:

Shadi Moazami
Shadi.moazami@elfdubai.org
+971 55 66 11 392 

About the Emirates Literature Foundation:

The Emirates Literature Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which supports and nurtures a love of literature in the United Arab Emirates and the region, through a programme of varied cultural initiatives.

Established in 2013 by Royal Decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Foundation aims to foster a love for literature, with a focus on the Arabic language.

In line with the National Reading Policy of the UAE, the Foundation has implemented several long-term projects including the School Librarian of the Year Award and the annual Arabic Language Week, as well as conducting year-round student education programmes, book clubs and creative writing courses. The Foundation’s previous initiatives included the 2016 Dubai Translation Conference and the 2017 Dubai International Publishing Conference, which hosted a number of international participants.

The Foundation is also the governing body of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the UAE’s premier literary festival, which will be return in 2020.

Emirates Literature Foundation
Dar Al Adaab
Al Shindagha Historical Neighbourhood
PO Box 24506
Dubai, UAE
www.elfdubai.org 

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