Monday, September 10, 2012

Reading changed my life: a contest for students

To mark the International Literacy Day, the Global Partnership for Education is organizing a photo and video contest entitled “Reading Changed My Life”, open to anybody aged 13 years or older.

The contest opened on September 7, 2012, the eve of International Literacy Day, and will close on November 7, 2012
The top five photos and five videos will be selected by the public. Winners will receive an e-reader and be eligible for the grand prizes, consisting of photo and video equipment.


  • Level: Middle and Secondary Education

  • Curricula: Cross-currlcula Languages, Literature, Arts (Graphics and Video)


The students like to participate in contests. By creating some projects, they develop a good number of curricular skills as I already wrote in different posts. Learning can be funny. 

  • In the classroom, ask your students (in small groups) to watch on their devices (iPad or Smartphone) some videos on Youtube Global Partnership for Education about the theme "Reading changed my life".
  • Let them choose a video per group and invite them to share their own ideas after watching.
  • Discuss thr importance of reading showing them the infographic on my last post about children and adults that have not the skills of reading because they don't go to school.
  • But, most of all for them that can read, discuss the huge amount of imagination we can reach when we read books or go to the movies and read the subtitles in a foreign language.
  • Finally, ask them to watch on the contest website the photos and videos that are being submited since September 7, 2012.
  • The students are ready to develop their own project:  a photo or a video.
  • They can submit a personal photo, or from a family member, or from a friend (with permission, of course).
  • They can interview people in the street or asking for some information in the local Library. There are plenty of true stories on public libraries.

Then, to take part in the contest, they must submit a photo or video that shows the impact of reading on their life or the life of someone they know.

Remember that they must complete the project with some text describing their submission.

About the Contest:

Who - The contest is open to anybody aged 13 years or older;

What - Submission a photo or video that shows how reading has impacted your life of someone you know;

When - The contest opened September 7, 2012 and will close on November 7, 2012;

Win - The top 5 photos and 5 videos selected by the public will win an e-reader and be eligible for the grand prizes, consisting of photo and video equipment.

If your school has already an equiped Video Club for students, the studetns can offer the new video equipment to a local social organization.


Submit your entries through this site, the Global Partnership Facebook account, or on Twitter by tweeting @GPforEducation with hashtag #readingcontest and including your name, your country and how reading changed your life.

Don't forget! The students come back on the website or the Global Partnership's Facebook account on November 7, 2012 to vote for their favorite entries.

Reading propels the mind of children and adults. There is so much in our world to learn about. And although there will be many places we will not actually be able to travel to, we can read about them. When we read about such places, we get a sense of what it's like to be there. We can imagine, even more clearly.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," said Jojen. "The man who never reads lives only one.” 

George R.R. Martin


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Reading changed my life: 2012 photo and video contest

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