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Promoting Reading in Egypt

Goethe-Institut's Library Bus on Its Way to Nile Delta

If you are going to school in Egypt and the next big city is far away you may have trouble finding good books. This is why the Goethe-Institut Cairo has started its Library Bus to give kids and teens the opportunity of diving into the exciting and fantastic world of books. So far the bus visits schools and social clubs in the Nile delta, packed with books for children and youths in Arabic and Haytham Shokry, project manager and storyteller.

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Integrated Care Society (ICS)

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The Integrated Care Society (ICS) is a non-governmental organisation founded in 1978. In 1985, the ICS opened its first public children’s library followed by many more in the years to come. The libraries are set up in socially disadvantaged regions in Egypt, in order to inspire children and young people to read. At the same time, the libraries contribute to the development of the respective areas. In 2011, 14 public libraries existed in four districts, including a few mobile libraries for children. Apart [ ... ]  

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101 Books Exhibition in Egypt

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In 2011, the Anna Lindh Foundation has organised the exhibition “101 books” for the second time. This exhibition aims to provide children access to newly published Arab books. Publishers and non-governmental organisations were invited to suggest children’s books for the event. Any kind of books targeting children and young people aged 0 to 18 years can be recommended, written in Arabic and published between 2008 and 2010. Translated works are not acceppted. A select committee chooses 101 titles for the [ ... ]  

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“Arab Children’s Literature Programme” in the MENA region

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In 2006, the Anna Lindh Foundation, supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) launched the “Arab Children’s Literature Regional Programme 2006-2011”. The programme aims to promote reading in children and youngsters in the MENA (Mediterranean-North African)- region. In 2010 the programme was extended for another 18 months (until June 2011). The initiators wish to inspire a joy of reading in children. The following countries are particularly focused: Egypt, Jordan, Syria, the Lebanon [ ... ]  

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“Read here, there and everywhere” - Arabic Children Books Award

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The Writing Club of the US-American University in Cairo (AUC) and the Anna Lindh-Foundation jointly presented the “Arabic Children Books Award” in Cairo on April 14th, 2011. The annual award aims to support not only children’s literature that has been translated into Arabic. In 2011, 5 Arabic children’s books that had so far not been published were awarded – they came from Egypt, the Lebanon and Palestine. Parallel to the awarding festivity, reading and cultural activities involving the winners were [ ... ]  

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