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07. April 2015

Praesa honoured with 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The South African organization “Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa” (Praesa), which has been promoting reading and literature for children and young people in South Africa since 1992, has received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2015. The award carries a value of 5 million Swedish Krona.

Praesa has three main objectives: to provide children in South Africa with high-quality literature in their diverse native languages; to work with and foster new networks among publishers and organisations which promote reading; and to bring about and conduct activities which help to sustain a living culture of reading and storytelling in socially vulnerable communities.

By way of Little Hands books, children are encouraged to read short books in their native languages. The Vulindlela Reading Club, combined oral storytelling with reading, singing games, and dramatizations. Using media campaigns to encourage children to read and inspire parents, grandparents, and teachers to read with them, the national reading promotion initiative Nal’ibali is a network of reading clubs.




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