Last year, 5th and 6th Graders had an opportunity to participate in a bi-weekly lunchtime club oriented toward creative writing with a sustainability focus. The students worked on their stories outside of school, and came together during lunch meetings to share, edit, and revise. The impetus for the club was participation in the 2018 UNESCO Voices of Future Generations Children's Initiative Child Author Selection Competition.
Meetings also focused on discussions of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.
Stories had to deliver imaginative and fantastical solutions for real-world environmental issues. Green Vale students' work addressed ocean pollution, carbon emissions, extinctions, and more. Following deliberations by an international commission of judges for North America and Europe, Green Vale had three finalists:
An Epic Adventure, by Andrea Wilson, in Gold place.
The Water Stone, by Jack de Haan, in Silver place.
The Green Town, by Rhys de Haan, in Bronze place.
For her achievement, Andrea Wilson was honored over the summer at the House of Lords in London as a new child author. Professor Marcel Szabo, Honorary Chair of the International Commission, Voices of Future Generations, Child Book Series presented her award. Her story will be published in a global compilation of child-authored work.
Wilson and both de Haan brothers are deemed global ambassadors of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international human rights treaty which sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children.