Sup­port needed for de­vel­op­ing chil­dren lit­er­a­ture: Writ­ers

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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

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