The global education non-profit ConnecTeach, is seeking poetry, essays and photography submissions from high school and college students of any age. In a release, ConnecTeach said the content must be centered around gender issues, poverty and displaced communities as they relate to education as a human right.
As an organization that is “committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by equipping teachers with the skills needed to give their students a quality education and lead in the development of the world's poorest communities,” ConnecTeach will be creating an anthology/ book entitled “Our Shared Humanity: Connecting Each to Each - Poems for ConnecTeach” which will filled with the submissions from young people.
Asani Charles, a Native poet and teacher at Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, told ICTMN in an email that the academy recently launched the effort by ConnecTeach in conjunction with the school's chapter of the Junior World Affairs Council.
“The anthology project is huge because ConnecTeach works with schools all over the country, around the world, and in this particular case and perhaps most importantly, in Indian Country.”
“In April 16, 2016, a conference entitled “Education as a Human Right: Indigenous Rights ARE Human Rights”, will be hosted by Navajo Preparatory School in Farmington, NM, organized by ConnecTeach in partnership with Southern Methodist University's Embrey Human Rights Program. So you can imagine how important it is to get the word out to Native youth about the anthology prior to that very important conference,” wrote Charles.
For all students who submit a photo, poem or essay, their work could potentially be placed in the anthology / book project and student contributors will receive a free copy of the book.
Proceeds from further sales of the book will benefit ConnecTeach to ‘empower educators in the world’s poorest communities.’
The Submission period is November 14 through December 28, 2015 and decisions will be made mid-February 2016.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted if they are identified as such. Please notify ConnecTeach if your submission is placed elsewhere.
Submissions may include up to three poems and must not exceed 25 lines. Black and white photos must be Word or JPEG files and be cropped to 8x5 dimensions. All poetry and essay submissions must be typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font single-spaced. Essays must be no more than 800 words.
Students can email submissions to ConnecTeachPoetry@yahoo.com and Include your first and last name and genre submission, (example “Jane Doe, photography,”) in the subject field of the email.