What would you define as a perfect world? Shopping jokes aside – this is such a hard question to answer as an adult. We have seen too much, heard too much – experienced too much. Surely the perfect world is the world through the eyes of a child.
‘The Perfect World’ is the first book to be put together by the charity WriteUnite, which was set up the amazing and inspirational 17-year old British student, Omara Elling-Hwang.The book is a compilation of 700 submissions from children on every continent who were asked to give their interpretation of ‘The Perfect World’ to be included.
Aside from being a beautiful display of children’s minds and creativity, it is a thought-provoking and optimistic piece that is encouraging literacy around the world. “I have always loved reading and books have played a very important part of my life. I was shocked to learn that 1 in 3 children in the UK do not own a book, that 42% of children in the USA do not have a book at home and that almost 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book” says Omara. WriteUnite looks to give young people a way of expressing their thoughts on global issues through a written and visual way.
WriteUnite is working with the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in Kenya and this year, the charity will be donating 500 school kits to schools in Kenya. Each school kit contains all the essentials children will need to get through school and their day, and will be a lifeline for students in poorer regions of the world. Every child who submitted to the project will be receive their own copy of the book, as thanks for their support and commitment to reading.
Proceeds from the sales of ‘The Perfect World’ will be reinvested back into WriteUnite and submissions are now being accepted for the second book, entitled ‘I Believe I Can’ which will be published in September 2014.
‘The Perfect World’ can be purchased online on the WriteUnite website for £19.99. I don’t know about you – but I am really feeling this cause and shall be badgering my headmistress to get involved! Let’s Unite! WriteUnite.