Children and youth champions for positive change: Announcement of winners of UNODC Regional Creative Reading Competition

24 September 2020 – the Middle East and North Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the education and social sectors to ensure access to learning. To adapt to this context, UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) and UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) held a regional creative reading competition aimed at actively engaging education and social work professionals, students and youth in community-based activities focused on exploring innovative ways to enable children to have learning experiences and deliver educational messages.  To participate in the competition, children and youth produced videos and creative content reflecting the “Do It Like The Zorbs” story in their own way while learning about the values of respect, tolerance, integrity, justice, and fairness.

With September marking International Day for Respect and one of the main values within the Zorbs’ story being respect, UNODC hereby announces the winners of the competition who are chosen based on their submissions’ simplicity, creativity, and passion;  

For the children category:

1st Place – The Syrian Society for Social Development – Syria 

2nd Place – The Syrian Society for Social Development – Syria

3rd Place – Rehabilitation Center, Moubadra Center – Lebanon

For the youth category:

1st Place – The Syrian Society for Social Development – Syria

2nd Place – Reem Abou Rabea – Palestine

3rd Place – Batoul Ahmed Ghanem – Palestine

Such efforts helped children and youth become active champions for positive change and for actions that help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as SDG 4 “Quality Education,” SDG 5 “Gender Equality,” SDG 10 “Reduced Inequalities,” and SDG 16 “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.”

Congratulations to all winners!

You can enjoy viewing their submissions through the following the links below:

Children Category 

1st Place 

2nd Place 

3rd Place

Youth Category: 

1st Place 

2nd Place 

3rd Place

For more information: 

In Arabic 

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