Our Bedtime Story Competition 2018 winner is 7-year-old Tom Burlison from Epsom. Tom won with his fun story, The Incredible Journey, which is all about two friends, Elliot and Ruby, using their imaginations to turn their regular walk to school into an exciting adventure each day. At least 35% of the proceeds from each book sold will be going to our partner charity, Save the Children.
Save the Children work incredibly hard to improve the lives of children in need everywhere, including helping them get to and from school safely, and ensuring they get the best education possible while theyâre there. Our friends at Save the Children have shared a few stories with us about children taking incredible journeys to school around the world.
Children of the Ses Slab Village School, Cambodia
These children are on their way to school in the âfloating villageâ of Ses Slab in Cambodia. Save the Children pay for the boat that takes them to school across the Tonle Sap Lake. They also provide bikes to the eldest students so they can travel the 9km to the secondary school on wheels rather than foot. Save the Children are supporting the children of this remote community by training teachers and annually renovating the school building. They also provide school supplies for children who canât afford them and create opportunities for children with disabilities in this area.
Nine-Year-Old Gerald, Philippines
The above picture shows nine-year-old Gerald on his way home from school. Gerald and his family live in the Philippines which is one of the most countries most prone to natural disasters. When Typhoon Haiyan hit in 2013, Gerald convinced his family to evacuate their home and to seek shelter in a nearby school. After the disaster struck, Gerald and his family returned home to find their house and fishing boat had been destroyed. Save the Children supplied Gerald and his family with much needed resources to rebuild their home including tarpaulins, a hygiene kit and an emergency toilet. They have also worked hard to repair the damage done to the school by repairing classrooms and improving hygiene standards. Gerald is now part of his school's WASH Club which aims to promote hygiene in the school and his siblings, Shirley Mae and Frederico, are enrolled in Save the Childrenâs vocational skills development programmes.
Eight-Year-Old Nusrat, Pakistan
This photo shows eight-year-old Nusrat and her cousin walking home from their school in the Battagram District, Pakistan. Nusrat attends the Thakot Government Primary School which is five kilometres away from her home to support her reading and literacy studies. In Pakistan, Save the Children have been encouraging reading in schools through a project called Literacy Boost. The programme uses assessments, teacher training and community action to improve reading skills to ensure children like Nusrat, are getting an interactive education informed by the latest research in childrenâs reading.
Our fantastic Bedtime Story Competition winning story, The Incredible Journey by Tom Burlison, will be raising money for Save the Children so they can continue to ensure children have the chance to learn, whatever their journey. Don't forget to get your copy of The Incredible Journey when the book goes on sale on the 16th June.