2018 EER call for articles from young writers

We had such a busy year last year that the scheduled anniversary edition of Enabling Education Review has been slightly delayed. If you have not had a chance to submit your articles you still have time!

Call for Articles for Enabling Education Review Issue 7, 2018

The theme of the 2018 edition of Enabling Education Review will be:

“Young People’s Views of Inclusive Education”

The new deadline for submitting first drafts of articles is 31 March 2018. Details of suggested topics are provided below.

Contact info@eenet.org.uk with any questions.

We are looking for both written submissions and drawings from children and young people under the age of 25 years.

A written submission could be in the style of an article or news report. We also welcome poems, songs, short fictional stories or even posters.

We would also like to receive lots of different drawings, including cartoon strips that tell a story, and maps showing the inclusive or non-inclusive parts of a school.

Written pieces should be a maximum of 500 words, but of course can be shorter than this. Photos and/or drawings can be sent to accompany the written piece.

If you are a teacher, parent, youth worker or other person working with children and young people in education, you may need to provide them with some encouragement and support to write or draw a submission for EENET. However, it is important that you give the children and young people freedom to express their opinions.

We would like to know about children and young people’s experiences of inclusive education and/or their ideas about making education more inclusive. This is a very broad subject.

The following are some ideas for topics:

They could write about themselves, e.g.:

• What makes you feel happy, safe or welcome in school?
• Who is your favourite adult at school? Why?
• When did you do something at school that made you proud of yourself?
• When do you feel left out of things at school?
• What are your dreams and hopes for the future? How does education fit into these?

They could write about their experiences of school or another educational experience, e.g.:

• Describe a good teacher.
• What makes your school inclusive or accessible?
• Are there issues related to food, water, sanitation, or getting to and from school?
• Who helps you and who helps your teachers?
• Who are your friends at school? Why are they your friends?
• What is difficult about going to school? Why?
• What is fun about going to school? Why?
• Do you have a school council in your school? What do they do?
• Do you get consulted about what happens in your school?
• Describe something that happened in school that made you laugh.

They could write about inclusive education, e.g.:

• Begin or end your article with “For me, inclusion means…”
• Have you been involved in any campaigns to help children who are not in school to get into education?
• Are sports or arts important to including people in school? Why?
• What stops you from going to school?
• Do you get to talk about how inclusive your school is? If so, explain.

They could write about their education experiences outside of school:

• Do you learn outside of school? If so, explain.
• What makes you really annoyed, frustrated or sad about education/school?
• Who are your heroes/heroines? Why?

Or they could write about another personal experience of education.

If children and young people choose to write fictional stories (something made up, for instance describing their ideal school or a perfect lesson), please write a note on the submission to tell us that it is fictional.

Written pieces can be submitted electronically as a Word document, or as plain text in an email message. Our email is info@eenet.org.uk. We also accept submissions via private message through our Facebook page.

Handwritten documents can be submitted. You can send original handwritten documents to us via post, or they can be scanned/photographed and emailed to us.

We are also happy to accept audio or video recordings, if the young authors want to read aloud what they have written and record it on a camera or phone. You can email us the audio/video file if it is small enough, or use a file-sharing site. Contact us if you need advice about sending us an audio or video file. Please ensure that the child and his/her parents/carers are aware that we may want to share the audio or video file on our website. If they agree, they should give you written permission for this.

Please ensure you include the name, age, grade, school and contact details for every child or young person who submits something.