Creative writing Competition topics
Squeals of excitement and giggles rang out as teachers told more than 300 students to take their places in the playground.
Life was generally a dreary affair for these children with mounting pressures like inflation, unemployment and poverty taking a toll on their families. Their days were filled yearning for the basic necessities of life. But the prospect of temporarily setting aside their worries and doing something different in class, was one worth looking forward to.
One by one they craned their necks as a group of smartly dressed youngsters in their early twenties, approached the playground with invitations for the young students to compete in an essay competition on the topic of the power of education for good. This scene was repeated in 19 more schools associated with six organizations which all cater to underprivileged students.
Altogether about 2, 000 students participated in the landmark Creative Writing contest called “Jeet Ke Parhao, ” The brainchild of Global UGrad alumnus Hassan Mujtaba Zaidi, the competition was funded by an Alumni Small Grant. The Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network’s grant program helps exchange program participants contribute to their communities after they return to Pakistan.
Zaidi created the competition because he was concerned that schools focused too much on rote memorization for students, which did not enable them to express themselves creatively or challenge their analytical skills.
He set up a non-profit called “Discovering New Artists” (DNA), through which the idea of Jeet Ke Parhao originated, after Zaidi and his team of dedicated volunteers realized that many children living in slums had excellent ideas, but needed help putting them down on paper.
But while the 24-year-old wanted to give something to the students, the children also had some life lessons to teach him.
“Visiting the schools for underprivileged students was an eye opening experience for me. In some schools, the children were so excited to see us, that they wanted autographs, ” Zaidi said.
For Arooj Aurangzeb, the communications officer of DNA, the experience was quite emotional which sometimes brought tears to her eyes.
“Once we had a creative writing competition in the Kot Lakhpat Jail. We gave a topic of Yadgar Safar (A Pleasant Journey) to the children to write and one boy was not writing anything. When I asked him, he said he had no good memories because he did not have a mother, ” she said.
Aurangzeb believes that despite the hardships these children face since they come from disadvantaged backgrounds, they will grow up to do something wonderful for the country one day.
But the kids themselves are not looking so far ahead in the future. For them, the icing on the cake was the prize distribution ceremony where the students with the best essays won prizes.
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What is a good topic for creative writing?
How about a light-hearted piece on how to get along with an enemy? and have a great day!