Transporting Literature: “My Book – My Teacher”
Awakening a love of reading: in January and February 2017, the project “My Book – My Teacher” by the Goethe-Institut Lebanon in cooperation with Orienthelfer e.V. distributed 33,000 free books to children in Lebanon affected by displacement.
According to estimates, 700,000 children who fled from Syria and Palestine live in Lebanon have practically no access to education. The Goethe-Institut Lebanon, in cooperation with Orienthelfer e.V., distributed 33,000 free books in January and February to these children, in particular those between the ages of four and twelve.
The books were handed out at 27 locations throughout Lebanon by the Les Amis des Marionettes puppet theatre. Classic German children’s books like The Rainbow Fish and The Thief Lord have been reissued in Arabic or bilingual Arabic-German editions. In this way, the love of reading can be awakened in them through playful approaches and the world of literature will open up educational opportunities for the children.
Besides handing out book packets, the project also provides accompanying materials and handouts for social workers and teachers as methodological aids.
My Book – My Teacher is a project by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Orienthelfer e.V. and with support from the German Foreign Office.