Girls in northern Ghana are being held back from getting an education, due to gender inequality, disability stigma and child marriage.

We know that an education is a fundamental human right. So we are working to remove the barriers that lead to these girls being left behind.

But we also know that young people in Yorkshire are full of inspiring ideas for changing the world - and are often not given the chance to make a difference.

We want to hear your thoughts. We want to use your creative words to raise awareness about this issue, and celebrate you and your skills on a public platform.

Spoken word competition

Whether you're a prolific poet or you've never written a piece of spoken word in your life, we'd love to see what you and your words are made of. 

And just in case you need an incentive, the winning entry will form the script of our next major fundraising campaign video, putting you at the centre of a public campaign and providing the launch pad for your future - whatever it is you want to do next.

The rules

  • The piece must be between one and two minutes long.
  • You'll need to send it to us in written format along with a video recording of you delivering it. (We won't be judging the quality of the video itself, we just need to hear how it is meant to be read).
  • Your piece should be loosely connected to the theme of educational inequality and the connection between education and power, both socially and politically. You might want to explore what education means to you or why gender equality is important. And the braver amongst you might even want to engage creatively with your own experience of inequality or privilege. Whatever you write, it should be from the heart and should be expressive and engaging. We want to hear the creative ways in which you use language to create meaning, tension and spine tingles.
  • Email your piece in written and video format to [email protected] with ‘Spoken word submission’ in the subject heading, along with your full name and age.
  • The deadline for submission is 31 January 2019.
  • The finalists will then have the opportunity to perform their pieces live before an audience and a panel of judges, including professional spoken word artists. This event will also showcase the fundraising work of fellow students that have run campaigns to raise money for International Service.

Run a campaign

Do you want to boost your CV and make yourself stand out to future employers? One of the most impressive activities that you can be part of is developing and running a campaign. By turning your ideas into action, you demonstrate to employers that you have the skills they need - skills like initiative and problem-solving, organisation and communication, creativity and innovation. 

If you are not interested in writing a piece of spoken word but you still want to be involved, you can run a campaign to raise money for people living in poverty in developing countries.

Much like in a social enterprise group such as Enactus, you'll work with a self-led group of 5-20 students to design, develop and implement your idea over the next six months, with a fundraising target of £1,000.

You'll get up to six hours of direct support from professional staff at International Service, offering you expert advice and guidance to make sure your fundraising project is a success.

The process

If you would like to run a campaign:

  • Get in touch with Ally, our Communications Manager, at [email protected] with your names and year groups, a list of the subjects you each study, and a brief outline of your fundraising idea.
  • She'll get back to you with a full project brief, the information you need about International Service and the project you’ll be raising money for.
  • She’ll also arrange your first meeting with the right International Service staff member for your project, where you will present your fundraising enterprise project plan and they can offer initial feedback and advice.
  • After this, you’ll be able to have a further five hours of their time to support you at each stage of the project.

And at the end of the Spring term, we’ll showcase your work at a celebration event where the spoken word finalists will also perform their pieces.