With the wonderful support of Goodwill Ambassador Ying-Shih Hsieh from Asia, along with support from his organisation EQPF, the International Commission have voted on a shortlist of stories and poems from the region. The competition entry was wonderful, with 985 excellent submissions from four countries.
The Gold winner is Ying-Xuan Lai (12) from Taiwan and New Zealand, with her book A Path to Life.
This is a brilliant, colourful story, special to Asia, communicating the special conditions of a beautiful place and species in Asia. It shows the clear vision of a child who is an outstanding writer, and is a fascinating starting development of a character and story plot that will appeal to global readers.
A Junior Gold Award was given to Meng-Hsin Cho (8) from Taiwan, with her book The White Dolphin. This poignant and meaningful story is a really lovely read. The story demonstrates an excellent understanding of the environmental problems in the oceans worldwide, and asks a very important question that all children and adults should be ready to answer.
Congratulations to both of these children!
Taiwan Environmental Education Dialogue (TEED) will launch this year's Children and Environmental Forum. At the event, the excellent stories of the Asian Child Authors will be shared on the TEED stage, along with other prestigious speakers devoted to the field. The event will be held on 11 February 2017. We are sure this will be truly inspirational for all.