Do you have a talent for writing, but you think you are too young to make an impact? Are you proud of your culture and do you want to share it with the world? People might differ in terms of the languages they speak, the way they dress and eat, but we all have dreams that we pursue. If you are less than 25 years of age, this is your time to shine.
Youthink! (the World Bank youth website) is giving youth an opportunity to showcase their talents in a writing competition. Entrants must write the ending to a story of which the beginning has been posted here on the website. The ending should be no more than 300 words long and the entrant should also provide a title to the story.
Because the theme of the International Year of Youth relates to dialogue and understanding across cultures, generations and borders the World Bank is asking entrants to include one thing about their culture in the story. It could be a song, a tradition, a piece of clothing, a verse from a poem…anything!
The audience will choose a winner by reading and voting on stories online. First prize is an iPod Nano. The competition closes on 15 October and winners will be announced on the 30th.
Here are some quotes from entries already uploaded to the website:
“The boy felt very sad to hear the old man’s story…he couldn’t believe that a society which claims to be utterly religious could act in such a way.” – Ayesha Ghafoor, 17,Pakistan
“He had a red hat with peacock’s feathers. He set the boy free and told him, ‘if you were not a human even once, no human being will help you.'” – Weronika Kaminska, 14, Poland
“This people of Okwe so much believe that whenever someone is in a haste to go out and is called back by another, if the person ignores the call and insists on going out, he or she will certainly meet a danger and could even die from there.” – Odoemenam Joseph Chimezie, 19, Nigeria
Cultural diversity is something that youth from all over the world should understand and appreciate. For this reason, the Arts and Culture Unit of the City of Cape Town contracted Creative Consulting & Development Works in 2009 to conceptualise and facilitate a Cultural Diversity Workshops for young artists between 18 and 35 years from various communities around the Western Cape.
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