Activities

Presentation conference of the project

Survey

Reading habits in children and young readers

From October to December 2016, in three countries (Albania, Macedonia and Italy) were distributed 3 000 questionnaires, 1 000 for each country.

The subject was schools in the city centres, but also in the suburbs of the cities, where usually live disadvantaged groups of society.

This process passed in two phases:

– The distribution of the questionnaires, drafted by experts, cultural operators, psychologists,

scholars of literature and the collection of the completed questionnaires.

– Drafting of the reports – survey.

A special staff of each partner, for two entire months, was engaged in the manual distribution and collection of 3 000 questionnaires.

The questionnaire circulated even in social networks and via e-mail.

The main objective of this research :

– to investigate the reading habits of stories, legends, myths, fairy tales, etc., beliefs and attitudes of children and young readers in Albania, Italia and Macedonia.

The aim of survey:

– to support parents, teachers and other literacy professionals in promoting wider reading.

The main target: children and young readers (6-15 years old).

From the survey data, the specialists will draft a report which will be published in February.

Competitions in schools

With the pupils of secondary schools in various cities of each region, in the months from February to April, will be organised creativity competitions: in literature and painting.

The purpose of the competition will be: to promote creativity, the desire to write stories, to arise the imagination, to make children protagonists of the literary creation, but also to help them find another opportunity where children express themselves about their rights to learn and read.

International seminar

In Tirana, on April 26, 2017 will take place an international seminar, in which will participate publishers, EU experts (from France, Italy, Portugal, Greece), representatives of public and private institutions, cultural and educational ones, teachers, bookshops, readers, journalists, etc. The seminar will be a good opportunity for exchange of experiences and improving professional cooperation, peer learning, but also for the better training of book operators. In this seminar, among others issues, will be discussed and compared even the data derived from the survey in the three countries.

Festival: All books are important

At three different periods, in Tirana (Albania), Napoli/Campodimele/Formia (Italy), and Skopje (Macedonia) for the first time will take place such a big event with these three countries in focus, a festival for children. These periods will serve as the culmination of the project. The Festival will specifically aim: transnational mobility, audience development, but will create opportunities for children and youths, and even for their parents, to share experience in an array of different art forms and styles, to introduce new promotional and presenting programs.

The festival will include tens of events (workshops, roundtables, meetings with writers, creative labs, reading, acting and painting corners, etc.), involving over 100 artists and thousands of children and young people.

Publication of books

Part of this project will be the publication of three volumes, with about 100 pages each, which will be translated in the three languages (Albanian, Macedonian, Italian): one (book and e-book) with creations of the authors involved in this project; one (book and e-book) with fairytales from the three partner countries; and one (e-book only) with creations of children attained by the competitions at schools. The book editions will be donated to school and public libraries, while the e-book publications will be distributed for free at the project and partners websites even beyond the duration of the project.

Travelling exhibition

The works (sketches, illustrations, etc.) of illustrators of children books from the three countries will be part of a joint travelling exhibition to be presented in Tirana, Pozzuoli and Skopje. For seven days, the wide Albanian, Italian and Macedonian public will be able to visit these exhibitions in their respective countries. The travelling exhibition is aimed at promoting the illustrators, whose works will be travelling in all three countries, thus creating new audiences and opportunities of collaboration.

Film documentary: “Little friends of book”

In collaboration with MultiMediaStudio “NOSITI”, film production house with a long year experience, will produce a film documentary, about the best promotion of children’s literature, and children access to book, without social, gender or racial distinctions.

The film documentary will be transmitted on TV, and will be accessible on YouTube, social networks and official websites, in the official websites of the respective partners and in the website of the project itself.

 Final Conference of the Project

In Tirana on June 11, 2018, will take place Final Conference of the Project, with participation of partners, publishers, librarians, journalists, cultural and educational operators, journalists etc.