CERLALC launches Strategies for Cultural Mediation in Emergencies.

On the 3rd March CERLALC officially launched Strategies for Cultural Mediation in Emergencies. Reading and writing as symbolic refuges via Facebook livestream.

The two volumes of the book authored by Evelyn Arizpe, Mónica Zárate, Julie McAdam, and Lavinia Hirsu are available in Spanish at the CERLALC website . The authors have benefited from the engagement with an international audience from Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, Honduras, Costa Rica.

Creating the books was a collaborative project drawing on the experience of mediators working in emergencies, linking their practical knowledge and experience with research carried out by Evelyn, Julie and Lavinia on the use of children’s literature as means of implementing cultural interventions in critical contexts. The books are suitable for mediators, educators, cultural actors, NGOs and literacy policy makers responsible for using literature as a way to carry out cultural interventions, during and after emergency situations caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes or by social crises such as war

The first volume focuses on the conceptual, methodological and practical basis for cultural intervention through reading, literature and talking and can be found here. The second volume provides practical guidance for mediators on how to select and use literature in emergency contexts and can be found here.  Both volumes outline why this type of work is necessary as part of enabling children, families and communities to restore well-being and guarantee their educational and cultural rights in emergency contexts.

Claudia Uribe, Director ORLEALC/UNESCO Latin America:

'This publication shows how a cultural intervention, based on the word, the act of reading, of telling and of writing, contributes to generate a sense of belonging and home to those who find themselves in a situation of human mobility and also it can be an excellent tool to deal with emergencies and crisis, before, during and after they occur.

As these books were launched, children across the world continue to face crises and live through emergency situations. Teachers, mediators, and other colleagues are working to produce and share examples of quality children’s literature for children caught up in or fleeing from war. Please get in touch and share examples of where to source or create quality children’s literature.' 

 


As these books were launched, children across the world continue to face crises and live through emergency situations. Teachers, mediators, and other colleagues are working to produce and share examples of quality children’s literature for children caught up in or fleeing from war. Please get in touch and share examples of where to source or create quality children’s literature.  

Please see: 

Ukranian children’s literature for examples of Ukrainian books. 

The Children’s Literature in Critical Contexts of Displacement site for examples of Children’s Literature including wordless and Arabic picturebooks 

Local support groups such as Glasgow Afghan United who support the creation of bilingual picturebooks in Dari and Pashto 

First published: 10 March 2022

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