Stories on Values Competition - by Children for Children
To mark the very first World Values Day, which took place on 20th October 2016, the Human Values Foundation invited schools and other organisations with children aged from 7 to 11 to take part in a story writing competition. We asked children to write an original and creative story about their favourite value.
There was a huge response. Entries came in from all over the world. As well as many from around the UK, there was a wonderful diversity of great stories from India, Africa and across the Middle East.
The winning entry was an inspiring story by Janna, a 10-year-old from the Basheer Primary School in the Lebanon, a school run for Palestinian refugee children by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The story, Garden of Hope, is about a group of girls who work together to rescue an abandoned garden.
Second place went to a highly inventive story called Hope Saves the World written by Jed, an 8-year-old pupil at St Paul’s Church of England Primary School in London. It is about a boy who helps the values to battle the “Negitivions”.
Book token prizes went to the two winners and were also awarded to six highly recommended entries. Two of these were from UNRWA schools in Jordan, two from schools in India, and two from schools in the UK, reflecting the extremely wide geographic spread of the entries to the competition.
Here is a list of the prize winners. Please click on each of their stories to open a pdf of their fine work.
The Distinguished Judges
We are extremely grateful to our distinguished panel of judges, all of them former headteachers and champions of values in education: our Education Adviser Sir Anthony Seldon, Ann Greenwood and Laura Hyde, and to Sian Harkin and Libby Hume who energetically assisted them.
Book: Stories on Values by children for children
We have gathered together 40 wonderful stories from the 2016 competition and many beautiful illustrations and drawings in a book. Please click here to download a copy.
We hope teachers will be inspired to use some of the stories and pictures as additional resources when they prepare lessons using our Education in Human Values (EHV) programme.
Human Values Foundation Story Competition 2017
There will be another opportunity for children to write stories about values later this year when we will be holding the competition again to mark this year’s World Values Day (19th October 2017).
Look out for our announcement of the details of this year’s competition which will give all relevant dates and entry details.