Voices Of The Future anthology

Values: Positivity, Self-Belief, Hope, Community, Creativity.

This is an anthology of short stories written by young people from all around the world. It has been written as part of UNESCO's Voices of Future Generations project and aims to give a voice to all children across the globe.

What I really love about this book is that the stories are not only child-led and imaginative, but that they are steeped in culture from whichever country the child is writing from. Each story focuses on children as creators of change and how they can use their voices for positivity and growth. The stories also have a common theme of teamwork and the Value of community is a running thread through the anthology.

Amazingly, some of the children and young people writing their short stories in the book have already achieved remarkable things. 'The Tree of Hope' is a story by Kehkashan Basu who is from the UAE. She has already founded a youth organisation called Green Hope Foundation which aims to help the environment and has over 1000 international members! Each story gives a brief overview of the young author and also references which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals are themes of each short story.

In the summer term of 2019, I read a short story a day from this anthology to my Year 4 class. They loved it for many reasons. Primarily, they loved that children and young people were the authors of the stories. And, they enjoyed the fact that each story was totally different and based on cultural norms and experiences from around the world. They liked finding out about the authors as real people - whether they liked football or enjoy eating papayas from their garden or how they are passionate about making the world better for disabled young people because of their own siblings. The stories felt very real and authentic to my class.

I can't pinpoint all of the Values that you can talk about using this book, as each story is so different. But the overall Values of positivity, self-belief, hope, community and creativity were apparent in all.

This would make a lovely bedtime story book for Key Stage 2 children (or end of the school day) if you want a starting point for discussing real issues facing the world and future generations. Some of the stories are based on fantasy and imaginative and that is also equally enjoyable, but they call reference the Sustainable Development Goals as a running thread. It is incredibly empowering to see that children can have their passions and voices heard and that they can be change-makers.

If you want to get a copy of this book, try Bloomsbury publishing. If you want to find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals with the children you are with, you can find information on the UN website.

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