WINDHOEK: The Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) and its partners will host the first-ever Namibia Youth Book Fair (NYBF) in the capital from 26 October to 29 October this year.
The book fair was initiated by the FNCC and the Goethe Centre, in collaboration with Yambeka Children Media (YCM).
YCM is a line of educational print and multimedia products that specialise in interactive activities for children between the ages of two and 13.
The book fair is also receiving support from other partners such as the German Embassy, the United States Embassy, the Diogo Cao Language and Community Centre, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture.
Speaking at a media conference held at the FNCC here on Monday, the centre’s director Jean-Paul Martin said the partners developed the idea of the NYBF in an effort to help develop a reading culture amongst children and the youth in Namibia.
Its aim is to sensitise the general public on the importance of reading and writing.
The NYBF will be open to the public and will offer a wide range of events like workshops, book launches and storytelling.
Martin said well-known story tellers and artists such as Gcina Mhlope from South Africa and writer and author of books for young people, Veronique Tadjo have also been invited and will be performing in both storytelling sessions and readings.
The FNCC Director further added that the book fair will also provide educational institutions with creative ideas that will help them to take a leading role in encouraging young people to become active and imaginative readers.
“In concert with the book fair, a book donation programme will also be launched to ensure children in underprivileged schools throughout the country have access to quality literature,” Martin said.
The donated books will be distributed to primary schools, multipurpose centres and libraries around the country on a semi-regular basis.
The FNCC Director thus invited members of the public to bring quality books to the Goethe Centre, FNCC, American Cultural Centre and the Diogo Cao Language Centre any time of the year.
The book fair will be held at the FNCC.