The British Library has launched the Books Without Borders initiative, which calls on publishers to donate children’s books written in Ukrainian to refugee children arriving in the UK.
The Books Without Borders initiative is part of the work of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United Kingdom, launched by the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, with the aim of printing and distributing books to Ukrainian refugee children across Europe.
The initiative aims to reduce the disruption to education and anxiety of young refugees setting up a new life in an unfamiliar country.
According to the media, Ukrainian publishers donated 16,000 picture books, novels and copies of books suitable for general readers aged 3 to 17, after the Ukrainian embassy requested help to support refugee children in the UK. .
At the initiative’s launch event at the British Library, Zelenska joined guests via video technology: “Books don’t just entertain and educate us – they bring us together and bring back a sense of home. This project is our success on the cultural front, and it’s closer to our fundamental success.”
“Ukrainian children can be brought home in book form. We called this project Books Without Borders, where Ukrainian books can travel with Ukrainians to any country they need.. Embassy of Ukraine in UK.. I am grateful to everyone who contributed to this. project. Displaced Ukrainian children can now enjoy a small library at home.”
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