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Dream a Difference

A poetry website connecting small schools or informal learning centres internationally where communities are facing the challenges and/or consequences associated with war, conflict, loss and displacement.

“The value of the cultural exchange and the personal connections formed are extraordinary and the feeling of taking part in something so big and so politically important has been deeply empowering to each student, over and above the already massively beneficial process of creating poetry about their lives in their own words.”

Francesca Beard, poet

“The Skype workshop enabled the students to understand how this is ‘real’, that their poetry means something and has a impact. Greater investment in their literary work was seen by all students as a result. “

Sarah Dowie, Drama Teacher, The Cotswold School UK

This project is really helpful for the children and very different from the psycho social support. This project has shown me that the children themselves are ready to reach out to other children, they are very empathetic and the children expressed hope and encouragement to others despite the fact that they too are grieving and have experienced trauma they have shown that they still can care for others.”

Social worker, Island Hospice, Zimbabwe

“We believe this project nurtures talent, awareness of social justice and human rights and supports grief counselling among children. The project has also tested the potential of technology to connect children and forge real relationships across political, cultural and socio-economic barriers. In this way NASWU has developed skills of refugee children through creative writing as a tool to develop social justice”

Andrew Luyombo, National Association of Social Workers in Uganda

about dream a difference


Dream a Difference provides a safe learning environment where children and young people across the world can connect with each other through poetry, share experiences, develop creative writing skills, and gain an awareness of social justice and human rights.

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