Children Write: Children's Rights Writing Competition
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. Our second annual writing competition is a chance for children and young people to engage with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), and how it matters in their own lives. This contest is open to children in Canada ages 7-17. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
This year's question:
An important part of the Convention is Article 12, which states that children and young people have the right to express their opinions to decision-makers, and be supported by the adults in their lives to ensure they have opportunities to do this. In turn, decision-makers are required to listen and take these opinions seriously when making changes to the laws and rules that affect the lives of children and young people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that too often, this has not been the case - children and young people have not been asked their opinions, or given equal access to decision-makers. With this in mind, the CCRC is asking participants to consider the following questions: 1) Describe your vision for a child-friendly community.2) 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? 3) 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?4) 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?
Creative pieces may be submitted by the author, or by a teacher or parent.
Note: Submissions can focus on one or more questions. Please send in proposals, letters, essays (or creative pieces like short stories, plays and poems) addressing these questions. Single person or group submissions per age category will be accepted. Age Categories:7-10yrs11-14yrs15-17yrs. Prizes in each age group! Contest runs November 4th, 2021 to April 1st, 2022
What city/town do you live in?
What province do you live in?
Newfoundland and Labrador
Name of School
What age category are you in?
Submit your creative piece (.doc / .docx / .pdf )
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