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African children’s books on sustainability and equality to be highlighted in SDG book Club
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Posted on February 2, 2021, 12:00 am
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The United Nation’s SDGs Book Club will soon launch its African chapter, to promote the goals using stories of African children’s books. The multilingual initiative will merge operators in the book sector from across the African continent committed to augmenting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Book Club with a collection of English, French, Arabic and Kiswahili books about the different goals for children.

African children’s books on sustainability and equality to be highlighted in SDG book Club.

 The African SDG book club will be launched on World Book Day 23 April 2021 and will feature quality African books on themes related to the SDGs. The institution according to supporters of the project will contribute immensely to the attainment of the SDGs all over the world by providing knowledge on the goals and what steps can be taken to attain them. For Africa, availability and access to such books that are indigenous to Africa and to which Africans can relate will go a long way in ensuring that the continent of Africa makes good progress towards achieving the SDGs.

The United Nations SDGs Book Club’s launch in Africa follows a similar launch at Bologna International Children’s Book Fair in 2019 which aims to use books as a tool to encourage children ages 6-12 to interact with the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a curated reading list of books from around the world related to each of the 17 SDGs in all six official UN languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. 

African children’s books

According to Olatoun Gabi-Williams, Founder of Borders Literature for all Nations said, it is a wonderful initiative to know that children’s books published in Africa, with their strong SDG messages, will become a visible and colourful part of the global diversity of children’s books through this portal - the UN SDG Book Club African Chapter.

On the other hand, Lily Nyariki, from the Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), it is a worthwhile initiative that will see Africa contributing to the world's knowledge through Children’s books while showcasing African publishers and authors internationally.

Mandla Ntombela, President African Library & Information Associations & Institutions (AfLIA) expressed his wholehearted support for the African Chapter of the SDG Book Club as there is no comparison to the value of information whether through storybooks or textbooks for the provision of insights that can catalyze minds to become powerful and resourceful in solving societal problems. Strengthening the pathways and possibilities of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through reading is a most welcome idea to African libraries.

African children’s books

Wale Okediran, Secretary-General, Pan African Writers' Association (PAWA) said: PAWA is happy to be part of this wonderful project through which African children can relate with SDG messages within the context of their immediate environment through books written and published by Africans.

Dare Oluwatuyi, President of the Booksellers Association of Nigeria (BAN) added: We are delighted to be part of this SDG Book Club project that in our view would deliver two, among other, wins. The first is a greater emphasis on the culture of reading and writing in Africa and the second, a more impactful grassroots communication of the laudable goals of the UN’s SDGs. We similarly encourage others to support it.

Anthea Basson, National Information Officer, and UNIC (United Nations Information Centre) Windhoek said the SDG Book Club African Chapter will unlock the ambitions of the SDGs through relatable stories which young children can be inspired by. The narrative in a children's book provides the perfect platform to create teachable moments and examples around the SDGs and the importance of taking action.  Reading is a fundamental skill upon which the acquisition of many other skills is based. What better way to explore the SDGs than through a book?

African children’s books

The African SDG Book Club follows the recent launches of clubs in Norway, Indonesia, Portugal, and Brazil. The world’s publishing community through the IPA supports the SDGs as an investment in future generations of leaders, innovators, and agents of change.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by world leaders at the historic Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. Encompassing everything from health, to gender equality, and education, the Goals will mobilize efforts around the world to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

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