Books Say Welcome (Germany)

Starting at the International Literacy Day on 8 September 2015, the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, the Frankfurt Book Fair and LitCam have introduced a joint initiative for refugees with the slogan “Books Say Welcome”. It aims to give refugees quick and easy access to educational and reading material. At the core of the programme is the establishment of Reading and Learning Corners in the immediate vicinity of refugee housing by LitCam.

The Reading and Learning Corners are supplied with books and educational materials – not just German textbooks, dictionaries and encyclopaedias, but also novels and non-fiction books in relevant foreign languages. Publishers drew up lists of recommendations, and experienced literacy experts – including renowned Professor of Developmental Psychology Wassilios E. Fthenakis – selected the materials.

Thanks to the Education Ministry of Hesse and local foundations we could extend “Books Say Welcome” the schools with integration classes for refugee children.

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