On June 18 Nepalese PEN held a book launch for literature pieces written by members of PEN Nepal in a workshop last year. The books were written with teenagers in mind, as a study conducted previously in ten high schools in the Lalitpur district in Kathmandu valley indicated that there is virtually no literature specifically written for adolescents. The aim was to put together writings that would contribute towards the self-improvement of the youth. Eighteen Nepalese writers participated in the workshop, many of whom are well-known within their fields of literature, and the works written contain a range of short-stories, essays, biographies and travelogues addressing topics relevant for teens.
The books were published under the Civil Society Programmes with funding from SIDA, the Swedish International Development Agency, and the book launch was organised at the Ashish Boarding School, one of the ten schools where the initial study was conducted. The launch was attended by the President and members of the Nepalese PEN, Emese Kovàcs, the International Programmes Officer of PEN International, the headmaster and teachers of the school, a group of students and the experts who helped to carry out the initial research. At the end of the event Nepalese PEN’s president gave a speech emphasizing the importance of creating a closer link between literature and education.
For more information contact International Programmes Officer Emese Kovács: firstname.lastname@example.org