The Launch of Reading for Social Peace, 24 May 2012

Reading for Social Peace is a program that has been adopted from the Maldives Library as part of the National Year of Reading 2012 (but will also continue after the year has finished). This program uses stories to encourage conversation in young people about issues that cause conflict, such as war, cultural differences, and bullying.

We invite everyone to get involved and we hope you enjoy exploring different questions, projects and ideas within this wikispace.

The Reading for Social Peace program is available to all schools and libraries. If you would like to get involved please contact either Blaise van Hecke from Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries or Justine Alltimes from Wilkins Farago Publishers.

We'd love to see your creative responses so please add them to our Reading for Social Peace pin board

The Launch

Yarra Plenty Regional Library's and publisher Wilkins Farago were delighted to host Italian author and illustrator, Davide Cali to launch their new program called Reading for Social Peace.

As part of his whirl-wind two-week tour of Australia, Wilkins Farago's International author, Davide Cali launched our exciting new program.

Councilor Mary Lalios opened proceedings and year five students from St Lukes Primary School had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Davide, followed by book signing and morning tea.

During the launch picture book, The Bear with the Sword, was used to create discussion with students. Written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Gianluca Foli, this is a powerful and timely story about the consequences of our actions, and the impact we can have on the world around us. The bear’s remorse and the actions he takes to ‘make good’ his vandalism provide young readers with food for thought.

Davide explains:
In both these story there is an enemy. In The bear with the sword the enemy never comes, in The Enemy he’s just there, but in both case we don’t know him, he’s somebody unknown in some way. The two stories have a similar moral, at the end, the worst enemy is often in us.

An article about the launch from the Whittlesea Review:
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The above was originally published June 17, 2012 at
external image rfsp-logo.jpg?w=593&h=129We’re delighted to announce that the Reading for Social Peace Project is now up and running.
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Inspired by a National Library of the Maldives reading campaign, we’ve teamed up with Yarra Plenty Regional Library in Victoria to create a project that encourages kids to read with a questioning and open mind, and to use their reading to stimulate thought and discussion about social peace.
What’s social peace? It’s peace in our families; among our friends; in our communities, towns, cities or country; it can mean the absence of conflict and war; it can also mean how we can better live together.
external image rfsp-launch.jpg?w=593&h=332At the launch of Reading for Social Peace (from left): YPRL Director Christine Mackenzie, with author Davide Cali, YPRL’s Blaise van Hecke, Councilor Mary Lalios and Wilkins Farago’s Director, Andrew Wilkins.
Ultimately, this project is about helping kids arrive at their own definition of social peace, by exposing them to books that get them thinking. Then, it’s over to them to respond in a creative way: through a piece of writing or art, a video or song: anything that makes sense to them.
Reading for Social Peace has its own wiki space page where you can find out about the first four books chosen for the project:
  • The Bear with the Sword by Davide Cali and Gianluca Foli
  • The Red Piano by André Leblanc and Barroux
  • The Enemy by Davide Cali and Serge Bloch
  • Empty Fridge by Gaetan Doremus (to be published in August)
There’s also a space for kids to post their own creations.
This is not just a project for those within the area serviced by Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Libraries and schools across Australia—or indeed around the world—are more than welcome to get involved now. All you need to do get started is pick up one of the four books above and get reading!
Reading for Social Peace is a National Year of Reading project.
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