” Since 2019, the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund has been honored for bringing to life projects that provide solutions to many of the challenges associated with books and reading. As part of this year’s Dubai Cares Support, we are directing APIF funds to read for pleasure and accessibility, both of which prioritize the ability to unlock the literary landscape for all, regardless of background. Level of education or qualifications Boddur al-Qasimi, president of the International Publishers Association (IPA), said in a statement.
APIF has selected five specific projects with IPA, a grant program co-led by Dubai Cares, a global philanthropic organization based in the UAE. The latter will receive a total of $ 200,000, with the aim of improving the study experience in the respective countries.
Dubai Cares pays $ 800,000 every 4 years, which is distributed year after year. It is instrumental in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning for all. 2030
” Reading is one of the most important skills that children and young people can acquire, as it opens the door to a whole new world of knowledge, wisdom and learning. Our support for the Africa Publishing Innovation Fund in 2022, through our partnership with the International Association of Publishers, enables us to promote the love of reading among visually impaired youth and provide access to books for disadvantaged children and youth. Said Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Managing Director and Vice President of Dubai Cares.
” We are extremely proud of our partnership with IPA, which has helped them to be at the heart of the global program, and the launch of this program has served as an extension of IPA’s pioneering role in reviving text culture around the world. A
African publications are largely biased towards textbooks – up to 90% of sales in some markets – where consumers typically associate reading with education, not entertainment. The impact of the closure of schools and the purchase of textbooks by the government during the Covid 19 epidemic highlighted the weakness of the publishing sector in the African market.
In the second half of 2022, APIF will work with the DAISY International Consortium to facilitate and finance the production of accessible work in several markets in Africa. This latest iteration of the APIF project will give birth to a new canon of accessible work, specifically targeting blind, visually impaired and print-disabled African readers. The accessible books produced will be able to meet the literary needs of thousands of children, especially underdeveloped linguistic minorities.
The five initiatives funded by APIF are:
The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), which will use celebrities and sports stars to catalyze book culture in African schools and homes through loud reading campaigns and advertisements in major African cities.
Book Aid International whose African Story Box will bring books to children and encourage them to read for fun. The money will go to 24 primary schools in Uganda and Zimbabwe. Book Aid will organize reading campaigns for local publishers, head teachers, teachers, children, parents, education ministers and other stakeholders.
Olivesid, Kenya, which will build educational programs and school-based learning resource centers, in collaboration with the Masai community living in the extremely deprived Narok County, near the Masai Mara National Reserve, each has a well-stocked library.
PRAESA in South Africa will try to deepen the impact of reading aloud to children through free webinars and written guides to teach adults how to choose the right books, read interestingly and use stories to stimulate imagination and critical thinking.
Yanbo Al Kitab, a Moroccan book publisher, will provide a mini-library to 300 low-income Moroccan families, including young children. They will have 22 books, access to storyteller reading clips and tips for parents on how to optimize reading with children. APIF will assist in training African publishers to create accessible books.
The APIF committee, chaired by IPA President Boudour Al Qasim and comprising renowned publishers from South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Tunisia, selects the winners from a myriad of nominations submitted by 18 African countries. In addition, this year’s programmatic dimensions deviate from previous versions: in 2019/2020, APIF focused on bookstore and editorial innovation; In 2020/2021, the concerns were similar, but digital was also added.
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Credit: Cassava Republic Publishing House, 2019