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170 school children celebrate International Children’s Book Day in Adeje

Yesterday morning, on April 2nd, Adeje celebrated International Children’s Book Day, coinciding with the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson, with 170 school children aged between 3 and 5 from the CEIP Adeje, the infant and primary school in the town centre. Councillors Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz and Andrés Pérez Ramos, prepared a series of activities for the young visitors to the town’s cultural centre aimed at showing the children the joys of reading and the benefits of starting young.

They said, “this is part of the campaign sponsored by the national Spanish Organisation of Children’s Books (OEPLI) as we know that reading is a very important part of education and the responsibility of schools, families and society in general to encourage reading among the young. For that reason the council decided to stage these activities and reflect the high value we place on reading for young children.

“Adeje has a network of public libraries where people can access literature, educational material, videos, music, comics, etc and the only requirement is that the potential reader has a Canarian library card (BICA), which is free”.

The activities began at 10:30 with a visit to the library in the town’s cultural centre which has a good selection of children’s books (and some in English too!). Both the professors and the children enjoyed the visit to the world of literary fantasy and imagination.

This was followed by a puppet show with a performance by people taking part in the Alternative Training Programme ‘ACTÍVATE’, an Adeje’s job creation scheme co-funded by the council, the Canarian Employment Service and the European Social Fund.

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