Monday 12 August 2019 was International
Youth Day; a day created by the United
Nations to draw attention to the challenges
facing young people globally. This year’s
theme is ‘Transforming education’ and serves
to highlight efforts to make education more
relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth.
Certainly, one aspect of transformation in education is to encourage self-thought and creativity in our young people. READ Educational Trust’s annual Word Warrior Competition is an innovative way of doing just that.
The 2018 Word Warrior Competition saw the introduction of the literary character, Detective WW Inkomba (which means ‘clue’ in Zulu and Xhosa). Previously entrants were encouraged to write a short story around this colourful individual, and they rose to the challenge!
Similarly, The 2019 Word Warrior Competition requires our literary geniuses in-the-making to create a scenario in which our intrepid detective writes a letter to the main suspect or witness in a mystery of their own making. This well written letter should pose pertinent questions to the individual in question.
Naturally the objective is to state details of the mystery at hand, while painting a picture of the addressee’s alleged involvement in the mystery. This serves to whet the reader’s appetite to read further!
READ are urging teachers and parents to encourage their youngsters (aged nine through 16) to spill those vivid imaginations onto paper, but not without reward. To clarify, the winning entrant will receive a handsome cash prize of R1000, and their school will be awarded R5000’s worth of books!
Entries can be sent via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or via post – PO Box 30994, Braamfontein, 2017, on or before 31 October 2019.
For more information about the 2019 READ Word Warrior Competition, contact READ
Educational Trust on 0872377781, or visit www.read.org.za
Have a look at the wonderful efforts of READ Educational Trust previously showcased on Tots 2 Tums Online