Palestinian Section of IBBY
c/o MA'AN Development Centre
Almanar Bldg. 5th. floor Almasyoun
(above Bravo supermarket)
Ramallah - Palestine
Tel [int. +9722] 295 44 51
Fax [int. +9722] 295 07 55
Facebook IBBY Pal
P.O. Box 51352
Ms Jehan Helou
(address of section)
Vice President Liaison Officer
Ms Mary Fasheh
(address of the section)
Palestine was officially declared the 65th IBBY Section, during the Children’s International Bologna Book Fair, April 2003. Nilima Sinha (India), IBBY’s Vice President and Chair of the Membership Subcommittee at that time said:
“ .. In these difficult and painful times, when children are suffering as a result of a conflict for which they bear no responsibility, which they cannot comprehend, and before which they are helpless, it is important for us to reaffirm the ideals that IBBY stands for. It is children’s culture and their right to books and reading that we normally value. Today it is the very lives of children that need to be defended."
Tayo Shima, from Japan past President of IBBY wrote in this context:
“Since Jella Lepman’s time, we have never lost faith in books, which open doors to hope and help us find pathways leading out of despair. The answer you have given at the very outset of your IBBY term will reassure IBBY members all over the world that there is no contradiction between what they are working toward and the reality of IBBY. Arduous as it may be, IBBY has taken a step forward.”
PBBY comprises librarians, writers, teachers, illustrators, educators, experts and publishers, whether individuals or institutes. PBBY's different activities are related to face the consequences of the loss of Palestinian children rights due to long years of oppressive occupation, mostly their right to books and education. Thus PBBY supports literacy and children culture, and encourages reading and the promotion of quality of books in Palestine.
In 2007 PBBY organized many interesting activities including a very successful editing workshop – the first in the Arab world. PBBY has also organized three very interesting workshops on the occasion of Astrid Lindgren Centenary; each workshop discussed one of her most popular books. In addition to members of PBBY, teachers and children attended the workshops.
IBBY Children in Crisis Project in Gaza
PBBY has helped to establish two children libraries in the most dangerous and marginalized areas in Gaza, in cooperation with two community based centres in Beit Hanoun and Rafah. Psycho-social activities and encouraging reading is being implemented there through book discussions, storytelling, creative writing, drama, expression through illustrations, painting, producing a play by children and preparing wall magazines and other similar activities. Furthermore, bibliotherapy training will be given to the librarians and teachers working in the area.