IBBY: The World Cup of Children's Literature
The 29th International Board on Books for Young People Congress (IBBY)
Dates: 5-9 September 2004
While South Africa was celebrating the victory of winning the 2010 Soccer World Cup Bid, South Africans in the field of children's literature were celebrating another African victory: that of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Congress being held in Africa for the first time. In September this year people from around the world will travel to Cape Town to take part in the five-day Congress.
Other countries which have hosted this Congress include the United States, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, India, Colombia and Switzerland. Cape Town will host the 29th IBBY Congress, which carries the theme Books for Africa.
The South African IBBY Congress team and the South African Children's Book Forum (SACBF) have gone to great lengths to harness the potential of the theme, creating dynamic and diverse programmes and activities not only for the Congress, but also around it and leading up to it.
Even though the Congress will be held in Cape Town, it will branch throughout South Africa and into schools to make sure our children understand the importance of this Congress as well as the gift and joy of books.
September is also the month of the South African Children's Book Week, which runs from 5 to 11 September. The SACBF, in co-operation with the Department of Education, have created a host of activities to immerse children in the exciting world of books, including book and poster-making, a readathon and a Universal Storytelling Moment writing competition. For a list of suggested events, contact the SACBF or the Department of Education.
There are a number of interesting and unique fringe events taking place in September, which will be free to the public.
The conference is going to be jam-packed with uniquely South African content, exciting workshops, thought-provoking seminars and plenty more. But the real focus of the Congress and all the activities is to give children everywhere the opportunity to have access to books, so even if you can't attend the Congress, then use the month of September to think about the joy of books and how we can make it possible to build a nation where every child has access to a book.
There are many organisations working together to make this a reality in South Africa. If you would like to help, contact:
Lorato Trok, Project co-ordinator
Nazli Johaardien, Project administrator
Telephone: 021 434 2669/ 021 422 2501; Fax: 021 424 1484
Website: First Words in Print (hosted by Centre for the Book)
Telephone: 021 531 0447; Fax: 021 531 0455
LitNet: 25 August 2004
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