By Olatoun Gabi-Williams
After 8 months of planning and building, the UN SDG Book Club African Chapter is here. It is a unique, multi-lateral project that has brought the United Nations [UN] and key institutions of the African book industry together to achieve a common and important goal: African Publishers Network [APNET], African Library and Information Associations and Institutions [AfLIA], Pan-African Writers Association [PAWA], Pan-African Booksellers Association [PABA], Association for the Development of Education in Africa [ADEA], Borders Literature for all Nations [BORDERS] and the United Nations Information Centre, [UNIC] Windhoek, Namibia.
The UN SDG Book Club
The children of today are the builders of tomorrow. The SDG Book Club aims to use a wide-range of suitable genres of books as a tool to encourage children ages 6-12 to interact with the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The curated reading lists feature books from around the world in all six official UN languages—Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. The books relate to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The African Chapter of the UN SDG Book Club operates in the 4 main languages of Africa: Kiswahili, French, English and Arabic. Importantly, the jury, constituted of experienced writers, editors, booksellers, publishers and librarians, will pick an honorary book in an indigenous African language for showcasing on the reading lists of books picked in the 4 main languages of the Club. Reading lists will be updated every two months to reflect the full succession of the 17 SDGs.
Amina Katagum is a 15 year old school girl based in the UK and in Abuja, Nigeria. She loves acting, theatre, reading and story writing.
Amina is the first school girl member of Borders SDG Book Club and the UN SDG Book Club African Chapter.