A pupil of the International School of Ahafo – Ghana, Eyako Eli Dzantor has been named as one of the winning entries of the Commonwealth Class Short Story Writing Competition.
The competition was organized by the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat under the theme “Belonging.”
There were 3,000 entries from both school children and teachers from Commonwealth countries around the world.
Each Commonwealth country has a rich heritage of storytelling which was reflected in the competition. Pupils aged 7-14 years and their teachers were invited to express their experiences and thoughts around ‘Belonging’ in the form of a short story or an illustration.
The winners of the competition was adjudged by the children’s author and former Children’s Laureate, Anne Fine and also by the British Council’s Arts department.
Ms Fine said she values “opportunity to read stories from so many parts of the world. Few of us realise how deeply our thoughts and attitudes are steeped in our own experience.”
“To read about the more intimate aspects of people’s lives in countries I‘d known mostly through political reporting was not just enlightening but at times truly humbling,” she said.
Principal and English teacher from International School of Ahafo, Barbara Deveney said, “The Commonwealth Class story writing competition gave Eyako a unique opportunity to write for a different, unknown audience, rather than writing just for his teacher and friends.”
“It has been a great experience for Eyako to be commended by the British Council, and he should be proud of himself although, I must admit, his story is very good,” she added.
The Commonwealth Class initiative also enables schools to take part in online debates, competitions and work on projects with the aim of giving young people a unique and hands-on international learning experience based around the Commonwealth family of countries.
Eyako Eli Dzantor said “When I first heard about the Commonwealth writing competition, it was never on my mind that I would be a winning candidate. I entered the competition as a fun activity.”
“In fact my entire class entered the competition. Joining this competition, and being recognized by the British Council, has really boosted my confidence in trying out new writing skills,” he said.
The winning entries as well as those shortlisted and commended can be accessed via https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/commonwealth-class-story-writing-competition