Anne Frank inspires teens as they write to Number 10

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From body image and bullying to tuition fees and crime, more than 300 teenagers have written letters to prime minister David Cameron raising issues that matter to them.

From body image and bullying to tuition fees and crime, more than 300 teenagers have written letters to prime minister David Cameron raising issues that matter to them.

It is part of the Thirteen in 13 campaign which is being run by the Anne Frank Trust.

Anyone who turns 13 in 2013 is being invited to write a letter to Mr Cameron describing what they think would make Britain better. The best 13 letters are to be published in The Times, with the prime minister promising to respond via an open letter.

Anne Frank, pictured, was herself aged 13 when she wrote her diary while in hiding in Amsterdam during the Second World War.

So far, 302 children have written letters with some of the main topics including bullying, body image and teenagers’ rights. Girls are particularly worried about the media’s perception of beauty and the ideal of the stick thin model. 

Many other letters call for the voting age to be reduced, while a number tackle issues of safety, crime and poverty. A large number also tackle schools and educational issues, including university tuition fees, levels of homework, school hours and school meals.

One writer argues that bus fares are too high for students and has suggested lowering the driving age to 16 so that they can save on the cost of travel. Another letter has even suggested that Mr Cameron should take up meditation while one writer calls for puppy farms to be made illegal.

The letters so far reveal that boys are more likely to discuss school and educational issues, while girls are more concerned with life issues such as bullying and body image. 

Schools have been using the initiative within classes and there are teaching resources for year 8 and 9 citizenship and English lessons available online. 

The Anne Frank Trust has extended the deadline for sending letters until next Friday, June 21. 

For details or to read letters submitted so far, visit www.13in13.org.uk


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