Give a Child in Africa the Gift of Reading

Give a Child in Africa the Gift of Reading

Project Report | May 10, 2017
Surprise for young readers in Ethiopia!

By Jean Fairbairn | EIFL Communications Manager

New books surprised and delighted the children.
New books surprised and delighted the children.

There was great excitement at four public libraries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city, in April when each library received a consignment of 96 children’s books, bought with your generous donations.

Most of the books (a total of 384) received by Kirkos, Lideta, Kolfe Keranyo and Yeka public libraries are by African authors and published in Amharic, which is the most widely-spoken language in Addis Ababa.

Exciting new titles like The Secret Village, The Magician, The Tricky Monkey and Kukusha, the Brave Bird are now surprising and delighting hundreds of children who browse the libraries' shelves. The collection also includes history books and reference works in Amharic to help schoolchildren with their homework.

To greet the books, librarians at Kolfe Keranyo public library organized a colourful ceremony on Saturday, 29 April, attended by representatives of the Addis Ababa Culture and Tourism Bureau (which manages libraries in the city), librarians, and people from the community - grandparents, parents and children.

Librarian Solomon Bogol said: “We have recently started reading events in the library. The new books will enrich these events. Thank-you to our donors!”

Addressing the ceremony, Alemu Abebe, Library Development and Management Coordinator, of the non-governmental literacy development agency, Code-Ethiopia, spoke about the importance of family reading sessions (in which parents and children read together) for early literacy development.

In Ethiopia, the 384 books cost just US$1,010, including delivery. We have also passed on donations of US$1,010 to Kenya National Library Service and the National Library of Uganda to buy books for libraries in those countries. Stay tuned for our next report when we'll tell you what books the libraries chose and what young readers have to say about them!

Lideta public librarians receive the books.
Lideta public librarians receive the books.
Each library received 96 children's books.
Each library received 96 children's books.
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Location: Vilnius, Lithuania - Lithuania
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @EIFLnet
Project Leader:
Ramune Petuchovaite
Vilnius , Lithuania

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