National art and poetry competition

Hundreds of schools across the UK participated in our Art and Poetry Competition, with pupils of various ages, nationalities, and backgrounds submitting creative pieces of work.

The winners had their work displayed at the British Library during World Refugee Week (17th-21st June 2024). They were also featured in our special national online assembly.

Prizegiving at the british library

Several of our prize-winners were refugees themselves, and this competition amplified their voices, allowing them to share their experiences of displacement on a national platform.

It unlocked creativity and talent in young learners across the country, nurturing their compassion and empathy for the 43.3 million displaced children worldwide.

In addition to the prize-winners and their families, over 100 pupils from local schools attended orizegiving ceremony. Many more schools joined us online via livestream.

The ceremony included an insightful talk from the UNHCR about how their work shapes the refugee experience. Sita Brahmachari, award-winning children’s author, led an interactive workshop on empathy and read an excerpt from one of her books with a child refugee protagonist. Multi-award winning actor Sir Jonathan Pryce read the prize-winning poems aloud.

Young refugees also shared their stories and experiences of moving to the UK. These interviews helped young children understand what it means to be displaced as a child, reflecting on the experience of 43.3 million children around the world who have fled their homes.