The Vidya Project in Sierra Leone

 

Creating the world of the future begins with amplifying your voice. We often hear about academic and community challenges from parents, school administrators, and educators. Student perspectives are rarely at the forefront. We hope you can help us change the narrative.

The world needs to hear your perspective, now more than ever before.

That’s why we at The Vidya Project created Letters to the World.  The reality is your first-hand stories matter. Shared experiences have the power to transform how your school might operate and how local community or education policies in the future are developed. Watch this short video to learn more.

We’re delighted to have received our first letter from Africa last week, written by Ms. Leymah Gobwee, a Noble Peace Prize Winner & Liberian activist. We’re so honored to have her as part of our campaign and look forward to bringing on more global voices here very soon.

Won’t you join her?

Please share your Letter to the World! Students from middle/high school and universities across the globe are welcome to participate. Letters must not exceed 500 words and can be submitted in any format of expression (i.e. letter, poem, short essay, etc). Kindly submit an accompanying photo and short personal bio to accompany your entry.

Selected submissions will be featured on SEE Change Magazine and on the Letters to the World digital platform.

We invite you to consider the following prompts to help guide your writing:

Education:

What kind of education system do you think is best?
When has a teacher inspired you?
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? Why?

Human Rights

What does treating people fairly and humanely look like to you?
Which social justice issues are important to you?
What does equality mean to you?
What is the greatest challenge your generation faces? Why?

Personal

How have you dealt with a challenge you faced? What was the outcome?
What advice would you give your younger self?
What personal achievements make you proud?
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Who inspires you?

Community:

What is special about your hometown?
How much does your neighborhood define who you are?
What is one thing you would like to do to improve your local community? How would you accomplish this goal?


Letters to the World is an initiative of The Vidya Project (501c3), an international non-profit that empowers the next generation of changemakers and global citizens via action-oriented curricula, virtual exchanges, and opportunities to engage with inspiring thought-leaders. The organization has reached nearly 3000 students across two continents since its launch in 2017.

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