9-year-old's 'inspiring' letter to children in Africa

The Bolton News: Winner Hamza Ahmed Winner Hamza Ahmed

YOUNG bookworm Hamza Ahmed put pen to paper to inspire others to read.

The nine-year-old has penned an award-winning letter encouraging young people in Tanzania to read the books that have been donated to them in a nationwide competition.

Hamza wrote a letter explaining his passion for reading as part of the Book Trust competition Read For My School.

The Beaumont Primary School pupil was one of more than 200,000 pupils who entered the competition which encourages children to read as many books as they can.

Through reading they earned books for pupils in Tanzania and could send letters to accompany them, which were entered into the competition.

Hamza’s letter won the regional heat before going through to the national final, in which he also impressed judges.

His letter explained how his “life completely changed” through discovering books which allow him to “enter another world full of imagination and creativity”.

He wrote: “Here in England we are lucky to have libraries filled with an enormous selection of books leaving us spoilt for choice.

“We feel we are very fortunate here and we would like to give the children of Tanzania the same opportunity to enjoy a library of your own. I hope reading fills your life with enjoyment, smiles and plenty of laughter.”

Shelley Bennett, literacy co-ordinator and key stage two leader at the school, said: “He wrote a very empathetic and inspiring letter to show how much he loves reading and what an impact being able to read has on his life.”

Hamza travelled to Westminster and prizes included meeting author Christopher Edge, receiving Waterstones vouchers, family tickets to the Sea Life Centre, theatre tickets and a large pile of books.

He said: “I really like reading. It is quiet and peaceful and helps you clear your mind.

“It can transport you to another world. It can also give you lots of ideas to write. My favourite author is Roald Dahl.”

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3:17pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Womble says...

Well done Hazma, congratulations on your win. I hope you keep your passion for reading forever, it's a wonderful thing.
Well done Hazma, congratulations on your win. I hope you keep your passion for reading forever, it's a wonderful thing. Womble
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10:23pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Citizen Cane says...

On the one hand, this seems like a wonderful thing. On the other it is potentially a very patronising and short-sighted initiative that attempts to force a western, rich country leisure option onto a poor, third world country where there are more important priorities than reading for personal pleasure.
On the one hand, this seems like a wonderful thing. On the other it is potentially a very patronising and short-sighted initiative that attempts to force a western, rich country leisure option onto a poor, third world country where there are more important priorities than reading for personal pleasure. Citizen Cane
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