Learning for Sustainability

Toolkit for schools

Words for the world

We must believe in the power and the strength of our words. Our words can change the world.

- Malala Yousafzai

Inspired by Malala’s words, we would love you to use your words to show how the world can be a better place. This could be about climate change, helping the environment, how we treat one another, equality – whichever area you are most concerned about, or would most like to see change.

Your challenge:

  • Use a language (or languages) other than English to show your ideas, hopes or even advice for our world.
  • It can be in any format, for example a poem, an essay, a song, a cartoon – be creative!
  • There is no minimum or maximum number of words!
  • Judging categories: P1-4, P5-7, S1-3 and S4-6.
  • Individual or group entries are welcome.
  • Entries will be judged on language use, content and creativity.
  • Closing date: Monday 25th October 2021.
  • Winners will be announced at an online event at the time of the COP26 summit.
  • Entries can be emailed by teachers to scilt@strath.ac.uk with Words for the World in the email subject line, or uploaded via Teams. A Words for the World Glow Team will be created for the competition; if teachers would like to submit entries in this way, please email the address above to ask to be added.
  • A submission form and signed consent form should be uploaded for each entry.
  • Each entry should state the school name, pupil name and age category in its file name.
  • If an entry is in a language not usually taught within schools, please include an English translation.

We look forward to seeing your entries!

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Competition downloads

Download the Words for the World flyer to promote the competition to learners (PDF)

Download the Words for the World consent form (Word)

Download the Words for the World submission form (Word)

Please note this competition is open to schools in Scotland only.

University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages