2011 will be dedicated to the Nobel laureate, Greek poet Odysseus Elytis, as it was announced today by the Board of the National Book Center (EKEBI) and the Minister of Culture and Tourism, P. Geroulanos, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth.
“It is the least Greece can do for an author who has travelled to every corner of the world”, stated Mr. Geroulanos today at the EKEBI press conference. Furthermore he referred to the initiative of the President of the Hellenic Republic to hold a Reading Contest for students under his auspices.
Several important news were announced to the journalists who attended the meeting of the Minister of Culture with EKEBI, where the new EKEBI strategy was announced, on the promotion of reading, placing emphasis on children and adolescents.
With regards to financing, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has already activated all available resources. Total investment on books and reading will be over 2.5 million Euros and “despite the crisis, we will invest with respect to the average of the last five years”, stated Mr. Geroulanos.
“The 21st century, with new technologies and digital revolution, is changing along with the known traditional conditions with regards to reading”, stated Takis Theodoropoulos, EKEBI Chairman, as well as Catherine Velissaris, EKEBI Director, adding that: “EKEBI sets the dissemination of Greek literature, especially in younger generations, with a tendency to handle the Greek language, as a means of basic expression and communication”.
Among the future steps planned by EKEBI, close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Lifelong Learning, encouragement for the production of literature programs aimed at children by Greece’s National Broadcasting Station (ERT), the expansion of Reading Clubs in School Libraries and the establishment of a special permanent space for teenager and children’s literature, are included.
This year for the first time, the Greek National Book Center will be conducting a survey on the reading behavior of adolescents and will be announcing its results in 2011.
Other activities in 2011 include:
- The establishment of an E- Book Observatory
- The organization of workshops and training seminars for professionals
- The design of an ESPA project for the adaptation of business in the digital era
- Long – distance learning
Source: ANA – MPA