Tuesday, April 23, 2013

today is the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day

Virginia Phiri (left) donating copies of her books to the University of Zimbabwe library a couple of years ago.
The World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April is  17 years old  now. UNESCO Member States around the world celebrate the power of books to bring us together and transmit the culture of peoples and their dreams of a better future.

This day provides an opportunity to reflect together on ways to better disseminate the culture of the written word and to allow all individuals, men, women and children to access it, through literacy programmes and support for careers in publishing, book shops, libraries and schools. Books are our allies in spreading education, science, culture and information worldwide.

The city of Bangkok has been designated “World Book Capital 2013” in recognition of its programme to promote reading among young people and underprivileged sections of the population. Follow the link below to read more on World Book and Copyright Day 2013: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/world-book-and-copyright-day-2013/

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