IPA, WHO and UNICEF launch Read the World on International Children’s Book Day to support children and young people in isolation
Geronimo Stilton creator to kickstart unique children’s e-book studying initiative amid COVID-19 pandemic
Much-loved children’s authors are becoming a member of an initiative to learn extracts of their books to tens of millions of children and young people at the moment dwelling in isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the World is a collaboration between the International Publishers Association (IPA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. It kicks off right now, on International Children’s Book Day, at 15.00 GMT/17.00 CET with Italian creator Elisabetta Dami, creator of the fashionable character Geronimo Stilton.
“These are uncharted waters for us all, and the psycho-social effects of prolonged isolation and social distancing are yet to be seen and understood,” mentioned IPA President Hugo Setzer. “All of us should take particular care of our mental health at the moment, and especially that of young minds. The IPA wanted to do something positive to bring children and their favourite writers closer, to stimulate their interest in books and to create a carefree moment for families to share during this difficult period of confinement.”
“Children’s lives and routines have been turned upside down in just a few short weeks,” mentioned UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Even when the outside world is out of bounds for now, reading can remind children and young people that the transportive power of books is unlimited.”
“WHO is committed to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on all fronts, especially when it comes to protecting young people,” mentioned WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We understand the fear and anxieties many feel and know how the joy of reading can stimulate young minds, ease tensions and provide hope.”
Elisabetta Dami will learn on her private Instagram account in English from 15.00-15.30 GMT 17.00-17.30 CET. Dami, whose books have offered greater than 180 million copies round the world and are printed in 50 completely different languages, will even reply to feedback and questions by way of the platform.
Several different famous children’s authors have agreed to be a part of the Read the World initiative, particulars of which will likely be out there quickly at https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/read-the-world
The IPA is the world’s largest federation of publishers associations. Established in 1896, it is an business physique with a human rights mandate, whose mission is to promote and shield publishing and elevate consciousness of publishing as a drive for financial, cultural and social improvement. Working in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and different supranational our bodies, the IPA champions the pursuits of e-book and journal publishing at nationwide and supranational stage. Internationally, the IPA actively opposes censorship and promotes copyright, freedom to publish (together with by the IPA Prix Voltaire), and literacy.
UNICEF works in a few of the world’s hardest locations, to attain the world’s most deprived children. Across greater than 190 international locations and territories, we work for each youngster, in every single place, to construct a greater world for everybody.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations’ specialised company for well being. It is an inter-governmental group and works in collaboration with its Member States normally by the Ministries of Health. The World Health Organization is accountable for offering management on world well being issues, shaping the well being analysis agenda, setting norms and requirements, articulating evidence-based coverage choices, offering technical support to international locations and monitoring and assessing well being tendencies. Learn extra at www.who.int.