IBBY Asia-Oceania Newsletter Dec 2011/2

INABBY (IBBY Indonesia)

This year, IBBY Indonesia organized many activities to promote reading and quality picture books in Indonesia, including four important events we would particularly like to note. In February we visited again the earthquake and tsunami affected areas in Pariaman and Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra Province. In cooperation and supported by IBBY, we donated more than 200 books for 14 schools in Mentawai Islands and storytelling devices for 21 early childhood education centres. Each centre also received 31 books. This program is a continuation of our previous visit.
INABBY has also focused attention on children with special needs. In cooperation and supported by Dutch IBBY we donated storytelling devices, such as wallhanging—finger and hand puppets—to a small school in Jimbaran area, Bali. The school provides education for hyperactive and autistic children, and children with concentration and hearing problems, from 3 up to 13 years old. They looked happy and enthusiastic to be involved in storytelling activities given by INABBY volunteers.

A storytelling Storytelling device given to a small school in Bali.

INABBY has also prioritized trainings and workshops for young illustrators and students of schools of design, communication, and visual arts in producing quality picture books. On May 23rd-24th, we organized a two day seminar and workshop entitled “Go International through Picture Books”. The aim of the workshop was to equip writers, illustrators, editors, and also publishers with a broader view about international picture books and how to produce good quality picture books. Patsy Aldana, previous IBBY President, was the main guest speaker. Other prominent speakers were Dr. Murti Bunanta, and three senior illustrators: Suyadi, Hardiyono and Isnaeni M.H. More than 110 participants attended the event.

Patsy was surrounded by young illustrators for comments.

To improve the young illustrators’ skills we also sent Maria Christania and Pandu Sotya Kusuma to take part in a one week workshop organized by Bibiana (Slovakia) as part of BIB 23rd international competition. For one week they were trained by Peter Uchnar, a prominent Slovak illustrator. INABBY is also proud to mention that Murti Bunanta of INBBY was appointed as the President of the Jurors BIB 23rd. The session of the International Jury was held August 29-Sept 1, 2011.

Murti Bunanta, President of the Jurors, BIB 23rd handed over the Grand Prix Award, September 2nd, 2011.


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