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EU and Member States provide new children's storybooks to libraries in Lao PDR

Vientaine, 03/08/2021 - 21:48, UNIQUE ID: 210803_9
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EU and Member States provide new children's storybooks to libraries in Lao PDR

The EU Delegation to Lao PDR and ten EU Member States are launching a joint cultural initiative with the aim to share their traditional children's books with Lao children as part of the joint cultural project. These storybooks, mainly focusing on the environmental related issues, will be provided for free to libraries in the country by the end of this year.

This project is in line with the cultural exchanges between Europe and Laos and has been carried out largely with the support of the following European countries: Austria, Cyprus, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Spain. The story books offered by these countries, either in their national language or in English, will then be translated into Lao with 1,500 copies each in order to better suit the needs of Lao children.

These books, with very attractive illustrations and pictures are primarily designed for children aged seven to 12 years old and will be distributed to the National Library of Laos as well as to other libraries in the country where the number of books for children is still limited. This joint cultural project aims to enhance the EU's cultural activities in Laos, and we would like to thank the ten embassies, state institutions, house publishers, illustrators and writers for their contribution. This project is also consistent with our efforts to expand the range of choices and options of books for Lao children. In particular, it is part of the EU's commitment to encourage children to become more involved in reading books, but also to promote these books written by European authors in the Lao PDR. 

Together with its member states, the European Union would like to reaffirm its commitment to further strengthen cultural exchange between Europe and Lao PDR, and more generally, to promote European culture in the ASEAN region and beyond, under the new slogan "Green Team Europe".

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For more information about this Press Release please contact EU Delegation to Lao PDR at delegation-laos@eeas.europa.eu or 021 255575.

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