Support needed for developing children literature: Writers
KUWAIT: Though a considerable portion of Arab population are under the age of 18, the literature written to entertain and instruct this important category is regrettably lagging behind, several writers and academics concurred. “Writing for children needs caution due to its peculiarity,” Syrian drama critic Haitham Khoja said in a seminar about future of children literature in the Arab world held on the sidelines of the Kuwait Book Fair Saturday night. “Children literature writers should feel that they are shouldering a huge national and social responsibility.” He stressed on the need to support and set a plan for development of different aspects of children literature.
Wafaa Al-Mazghani, a children literature writer and researcher, said that writing for children is a very complicated work because they write to different age category with particular linguistic and psychological needs.
She warned against the grave impacts of printing children books that are written by people who are not well-versed in this kind of literature. Their work is disastrous and in many cases even convey undesirable messages, she said. Mazghani underlined the need for children literature which foresee future, boost children knowledge, and offering them role models to be their sources of inspiration.
Meanwhile, Professor of Teaching Methods at Faculty of Education in Kuwait University Kafia Ramadan regretted the deteriorating low-quality children literature. She called for institutional work to ameliorate this important category of literature. Children literature is crucial for building future generations personalities, Ramadan said, noting that superficial content of many works available on the market.
In the meantime, Egyptian writer Amal Farah said creating a brighter future for the nation is the main objective of the literary works written for children either for educational or entertaining purposes. Due to the importance of this literature, Farah recommended the establishment of a pan-Arab organization to foster and nurture it. — KUNA