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Conakry becomes World Book Capital 2017
May 10, 2017, 5:17 pm
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As the world marked World Book and Copyright Day on 23rd April, Guinea’s capital Conakry officially donned the mantle of World Book Capital 2017 for a one-year tenure.

This year the focus is on visually impaired persons who have difficulty accessing books and other printed materials thereby leaving them unable to fully and effectively contribute to society.

Conakry becomes the 17th city to be chosen as World Book Capital since cities began to be designated so by the United Nations Education Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) in 2001. Conakry was selected in recognition of its programs to promote reading among youth and underprivileged sections of the population, and the authorities in the country have earmarked activities that will nurture the reading culture amongst its population especially young people.

Among the projects being planned by the city are the construction of a media center in each commune within the capital and a series of reading areas in each neighborhood at an estimated cost of 5 billion CFA Francs ($8.3 million). In a country where the illiteracy rate stands at 60 percent officials hope that the series of events planned for a whole year will contribute towards lowering the figure.

The city takes over from Wroclaw, Poland and becomes the third African city after Alexandria in 2002 and Port Harcourt in Nigeria in 2014 to hold the title.

 

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