Regional book workshop opens in Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - A regional promotion workshop in Africa for the Global Book Alliance (GBA), co-organised by the Association for the development of education in Africa (ADEA) and the US agency for international development (USAID), opened on Monday in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan, official sources told PANA.

The workshop, which is due to end on Thursday, is held to establish a framework for dialogue and experience sharing to improve the production of books in Africa, identify the strategies to promote publications in African languages and share between stakeholders of the book channel the experience and solutions to promote books.

The ADEA executive secretary, Shem Okore Bodo, said that the efforts made by decision-makers focused on the implementation of the recommendations from the workshop.

As for the pedagogy and continued training director, Patrice Silué, representing the Ivorian Education minister, the workshop is paving the way for a more sustainable book industry, as the book is the key to success of a faster development of children’s competence.

Estimations provided by the GBA representative, Linda Hiebert, say that 56% of children in the world cannot read correctly and that out of 387 million school boys who do not read correctly, 262 million are in the education system.

The workshop brings together representatives from 10 African francophone countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Togo and Senegal) and 10 African anglophone countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia).

Each country is represented by a three-member delegation: a representative of the Education minister, an editor of the school books or reading material in local languages and an author of the works produced in local languages in the same languages.

ADEA, in its capacity as GBA partner implementing its projects and programmes in Africa, will take its contribution to the launching and promotion of that initiative to stakeholders of the book industry, educators, communication specialists and African decision-makers.

Its working group on books and education material (GTLME) will, together with GBA and USAID, hold a series of activities on the ground all over the African continent.

GBA is an initiative of USAID and its partners which goal is to transform and promote the current practice in terms of book conception, acquisition and distribution, particularly in Africa and Asia, in a bid to make sure that students get the books they need in their mother tongues to learn how to read and understand.
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22 january 2018 13:34:00

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