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Redes de Solidaridad - News 1

Book Week 2017 in Redes de Solidaridad in Nicaragua

World Book Day has been held every year on 23rd April since the UNESCO began to promote it in 1995.




At Redes de Solidaridad, the celebration is extended to a full week with a Book festival, plays and story-telling on the schedule.






Book festival: this activity was promoted to encourage 179 primary-age girls and boys to read regularly in the Library. The children from the Library Friends Club prepared book corners to present and receive book donations, and to guide other children around the library.

The Festival was a real success as it was enjoyed by children from early years up to sixth grade.




The young people from the Redes de Solidaridad Technical School also visited the exhibition and read books of their own choice there for an hour. The boys and girls from the Club made confident and encouraging presentations in each book corner during the festival.


Story-telling: this activity scheduled different stories for the 220 students in the School, from pre-school to sixth grade. The librarian organised and prepared this activity to be able to share 4 stories. Afterwards, students shared their comments and interpretations.

The four stories revolved around the main topics of Mother Earth and gender equality:

• El increíble niño come libros, (The Incredible Book-Eating Boy)
• Desde adentro del planeta, (From Inside the Planet)
• El príncipe ceniciento, (The Cinderella Prince)
• El pez arcoíris. (The Rainbow Fish)

The activity took place over two sessions. The first involved infant school children plus 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades of primary. The second with 4th to 6th grade primary. The activity was used to raise awareness among all the children on the state of the Earth and gender equality.


Dramatisations of previously read books; with puppets or masks made by the actual students, the boys and girls represented stories to other grades, that developed their expression, self confidence and interest in reading this particular story.

Two plays were presented: the first was called "Tarzana" presented by 5th grade; whilst the second was "El Lobito Caperucito" (Wolf in a Red Riding Hood) and was put on by 6th grade. 



The aim was to break with sexist roles in fairytales, where the female characters are usually passive and delicate and the masculine characters are strong and brave, to give a different, fairer outlook.

49 girls and boys from fifth and sixth grade took part in these plays which were watched by over 170 children.

"An open book is a brain that talks;

closed, a waiting friend;

forgotten, a forgiving soul;

destroyed, a weeping heart...."