For the second consecutive year, the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is hosting a national writing competition.
Geared to those between 7 and 17, the contest welcomes submission in English or French. Participants have until April 1, 2022 to submit and can write about one or more of the following:
- Describe your vision for a child-friendly community.
- Do you feel heard when you speak about issues that you care about? Can you provide an example of how you’ve used your voice, and what happened as a result?
- What do you think decision makers can do to ensure that children are heard and included in the decision-making process in matters that concern them?
- Is there a book or author that has helped you learn about your rights or inspired you to get involved in an issue that you care about? What was the book or who was the author? How did the book or author impact you?
Participants are encouraged to answer one or more of the above. The entries can be letters, essays, short stories, plays, proposals, poems, or journals.
Children can express themselves creatively
This year’s theme was derived from the impact of the pandemic on children and young people’s rights to express their opinions to decision-makers. One of the goals of competition is to create a safe space for kids to creatively express themselves. There are three age categories:
- 7-10 years
- 11-14 years
- 15-17 years
Prizes, sponsored by Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, will be given out for each of the categories. A $200 gift card for first place, $100 gift card for second place and a $50 gift card for third place.
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