Voices Of Future Generations
The Emirates Literature Foundation is proud to be the consultants for the UNESCO-backed ‘Voices of Future Generations’ (VOFG) programme (https://www.vofg.org/), supporting HH Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum in her role as the Gulf region’s Goodwill Ambassador for the enterprise.
About the Competition
Search is on for ‘Voices Of Future Generations’
If you have a vision of what you want the world to be like, and how children should be treated within it, we want to read all about your ideas. We will be looking for original and inventive stories, bringing to life the amazing things that you think a sustainable future has in store for us all.
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, so other children can find out about your thoughts and ideas.
The Emirates Literature Foundation will be running workshops for teachers explaining how to get
children involved in the annual competition, details will be announced shortly.
About our Goodwill Ambassador
HH Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
It is a great pleasure for the Voices of Future Generations Initiative to announce that Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum has agreed to serve as its Goodwill Ambassador for the Gulf Region. Promoting children’s rights and sustainable development, this unique programme empowers children to promote the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as Sustainable Development Goals.
Sharing her love of literature with children from around the region, Sheikha Hissa will support the development of a children’s book series authored by children, for children. These stories from around the world are illustrated and published, and the books disseminated globally to schools and libraries for all children to benefit from being able to read stories told from a child’s point of view. Every story highlights children’s rights and sustainability in creative and entertaining ways.
Sheikha Hissa, a passionate horsewoman and writer, is the author of Tajaarub: From a Horsewoman’s Journey, which explores the powerful connection between humans and horses. She has led her teams of horses in practices and trainings in both England and Dubai. In her position as Goodwill Ambassador for the Gulf Region she is committed to making a real difference in the lives of young people.
About the Initiative
Voices of Future Generations is a unique writing project which aims to empower young people, encouraging children to promote the UN Convention on the ‘Rights of the Child’ as well as highlighting sustainable development goals and giving children a voice about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for a sustainable future.
The Voices of Future Generations movement on children’s rights and sustainable development is a unique programme of action that empowers children to promote the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal agenda (SDGs).
Our mission is to assist children to advance the right to education and literacy globally through the children’s book series. Books are authored by children aged 8-12, for children aged 6 and above. These stories from around the world are illustrated and published, and the books disseminated globally to schools and libraries for all children to benefit from the knowledge and insight.
Through our Intergenerational Dialogue Programme, we enable children to enter into effective and inspiring communication with experts and global leaders, who are effecting positive change in the fields of children’s rights and sustainable development.
“These young voices must be heard and they must encourage global leaders to keep their promises. — Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO