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Multilingual Children’s Book Publishing: a Developing Industry in Ethiopi a. A presentation to the International Sustainable Library Development Interest Group June 28 th , 2010 ALA Washington, D.C. An Introduction. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Endeber, Ethiopia 1974–76

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Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Multilingual Children’s Book Publishing: a Developing Industry inEthiopia

  • A presentation to the International Sustainable Library Development Interest Group

  • June 28th, 2010

  • ALA Washington, D.C.


An introduction

An Introduction . . .

  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Endeber, Ethiopia 1974–76

  • Librarian—Regis University, Denver

  • Project Mercy, 2006

  • Dr. Thomas Hooyman Memorial

    Library and Media Center

    Mekelle, Tigray Region

Upcoming Projects . . .


Segenat children and youth library mekelle tigray region ethiopia

Segenat Children and Youth LibraryMekelle, Tigray Region, Ethiopia


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Literacy in Ethiopia

An overview:

Population: 88 million

0–14 years46.2%

15–64 years51.1%

65 years 2.7%

Urban population: 17%


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Literacy in Ethiopia

Languages:

Amarigna 32.7%

Oromigna 31.6%

Tigrigna 6.1%

Somaligna 6%

Guragigna 3.5%

Up to 70 different languages

and dialects.

English medium of instruction

in schools.


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Literacy in Ethiopia

Fidel:

  • Semitic language

  • Read left to right

  • 7 vowel sounds

  • 33 consonants

  • 231 syllables

  • Amharic, Tigringa, and some dialects of Guragina


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Literacy in Ethiopia

Literacy rates:

(age 15 and over can read and write)

Total population: 42.7%

Male: 50.3%

Female: 35.1%

School life expectancy

Total: 8 years

Male: 8 years

Female: 7 years


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Importance of L1 (first language) literacy for bilingual and multilingual students

  • Strong base in L1 facilitates higher levels of proficiency in L2

  • Academic skills learned in L1 directly transfer to L2

  • Literacy skills directly transfer: letters form sounds, words form sentences, punctuation has meaning.


Yohannes gebregeorgis

YohannesGebregeorgis

Highlights:

  • 40 school library partnerships

  • 2 free standing children’s libraries

  • 6 Donkey mobile libraries

  • Several portable libraries

Libraries and literacy goes hand

in hand.


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Publishing Projects

Culturally representative stories

High quality books with Ethiopian illustrations

Titles include:

  • Silly Mammo

  • The Fig Tree

  • The Beekeeper of Lalibela

  • The Elephant and The Cock

Published many bilingual and trilingual books

  • Fafi’s Sheep

  • The Lion’s Tail

  • BekelenaAdisochuBucheloch


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Every child receives a book published by EBCEF


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

during bread and book day.


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

The Golden Kuraz Award


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Noted authors present during book club events.

AlemuEshetu

AtoSebhatGebreEgziabher


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Authors from the Ethiopian Diaspora

DinawMengestu, MaazaMengeste

Named New Yorker’s

20 under 40 in 2010


Multilingual book

Multilingual book


Christensen fund

Christensen Fund


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Sololia Publishing, LTD

  • Challenges and opportunities:

  • Cost and quality of printing

  • Distribution

  • Market

  • Economy

  • Trained workforce

  • Raising capital

  • Government regulations

  • Telecommunications

  • Translations

  • Foreign currency

  • Wealth of potential stories

  • Unexplored talent


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

Just published : Tirhas Celebrates Ashenda:

An Ethiopian Girl’s Holiday.


In publication

In publication:

  • AbunePetros

  • Under the Tamarind Tree

  • The Monkey with No Tail

  • Silly Mammo (sound recording)


Multilingual children s book publishing a developing industry in ethiopi a

For more information contact:

Janet Lee

Email:

[email protected]

[email protected]


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