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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 . . .

slide4
Literacy in Ethiopia

An overview:

Population: 88 million

0–14 years 46.2%

15–64 years 51.1%

65 years 2.7%

Urban population: 17%

slide5
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.

slide6
Literacy in Ethiopia

Fidel:

  • Semitic language
  • Read left to right
  • 7 vowel sounds
  • 33 consonants
  • 231 syllables
  • Amharic, Tigringa, and some dialects of Guragina
slide7
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

slide8
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.
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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.

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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
slide15
Noted authors present during book club events.

AlemuEshetu

AtoSebhatGebreEgziabher

slide16
Authors from the Ethiopian Diaspora

DinawMengestu, MaazaMengeste

Named New Yorker’s

20 under 40 in 2010

slide25
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
slide26
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)
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