OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Kids Have a Dream

"Kids Have A Dream” is a global exhibition project visualizing childrens’ dreams for the future. More than 3,000 youth (10-15yr) have participated in 23 countries so far. After each workshop the dreams are collected and exhibited worldwide.

Photo of Anne Kjaer Riechert
7 5

Written by

I started my project "Kids Have a Dream" in 2006, while I was living in South Africa. At the time I was working for Nkosi´s Haven, an organization started (post-mortem) by a HIV-positive 12-year-old boy and his adoptive mother. They taught me how one creatively confident child can, not only inspire change in his local community, but indeed inspire change in an entire country. 

I wanted other youth to share their dreams for the future too. Through Kids Have a Dream, youth take part in local Dream Workshop, hosted in their village or city by a person they trust. During the workshop they are encouraged to visualize their personal dream for the future through the medium of a drawing or painting. At the Dream Workshop each youth is asked to draw or paint about his/her dream, to end the legendary sentence “I have a dream…” There should be no writing in the picture, since this makes it difficult to understand in other countries.

The “Kids Have A Dream” exhibition is a collection of selected dream drawings. The exhibition travels through some of the participating countries, where it is presented to students, the wider public, politicians and the media, for educational and fundraising purposes.

On Oct 26th I will organize a new round of dream workshops in Berlin, Cape Town, Jamla (Nepal) and Katadde (Uganda). I hope many more countries will join too. Let me know if you would like to organize one too!

WANT TO RED MORE? I was asked to write this blog post for Desmond Tutu Foundation about my project. Enjoy!


Join the conversation:

Photo of LREI 5th Graders

This is very creative! I think this will make some kids more creative. I love this idea!

View all comments