2015 International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People

The theme selected for the 2015 competition is: "Tell us about the world you want to grow up in".

Sara JADID and UPU Director General Bishar A. HUSSEIN at the 2015 prize-giving ceremony in Berne (Photo: Marcel BIERI/keystone)
Sara JADID and UPU Director General Bishar A. HUSSEIN at the 2015 prize-giving ceremony in Berne

Sara Jadid from Lebanon won first prize in the 44th UPU International Letter-Writing Competition with her heartfelt plea for a better world, written from "this war-soaked atmosphere in which we live".

No stranger to conflict in her thirteen years, Sara condemns the hatred, war and sectarianism she has witnessed and imagines a new better world under "the moon of openness and the sun of freedom".

Her letter presents a detailed and poetic description of this dream world. "I see you, my World, as a rainbow that appears after crises, in which no religion will conquer another and no skin colour will be superior to another. You are a world that transcends human conflict," the letter reads.

Part of Sara's prize was a trip to the UPU in Berne, where her win was celebrated at a special ceremony, attended by her mother, Layla, the UPU director general and dignitaries from member countries.

For the 2015 competition, 65 member countries submitted their winning letters from the national heats to the international round. Some 1.5 million children worldwide participated.

The international jury also awarded a silver medal to Miriam Campos Acin, an 11-year-old girl from Spain and the bronze to 15-year-old Leonardo Silva Brito from Brazil.

The UPU competition gives youth worldwide an opportunity to express their hopes for the world they live in, and the possible solutions they see to the issues and challenges facing the planet.

Link to winners' letters and winners' list