Maltese and English-language books are being distributed to all residential homes for children across the country through an initiative launched by the National Literacy Agency.
The “Books are your best friends” initiative aims to enrich the libraries of 18 residential homes, to the benefit of more than 200 children and teenagers. The homes will be receiving fiction and non-fiction books of different genres: a donation of over 110 books was made to St Joseph Home in Santa Venera today.
“As a government we have always been committed to emphasize the importance that our children and youth fall in love with reading, especially during the difficult times we are currently facing. Books help us enter into a different world of our choice, and contribute immensely to educational advancement,” Education Minister Owen Bonnici said.
The National Literacy Agency was set up in 2014 to promote literacy and to ensure the proper implementation of the National Literacy Strategy.
It has distributed 100 books to each class in state primary schools, stocked mobile libraries in the Rainbow, Wonderland and Disneyland wards in Mater Dei Hospital and created 12 libraries in various public spaces through the help of local councils.