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October 21, 2020
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ADIFLOR project encourages the young Romanians’ interest in reading in French

The pleasure of reading in French is learned and cultivated from the earliest ages. The members of the Association for the International Distribution of Francophone Books, Works and Magazines (Association pour la Diffusion Internationale Francophone de Livres, Ouvrages et Revues – ADIFLOR) will be in Romania again from February 19 to 27, in order to distribute 8646 books for children and teenagers, in 54 schools and high schools from 13 cities and communes.

Being at its 5th edition, the action is carried out in cooperation with the French Institute in Romania (IFR). On this occasion, IFR aims to reassert and to strengthen the support provided to the bilingual educational institutions network in the pre-university educational system, as well as to encourage the other schools and high schools to give more importance to the French language in the process of youth education, to increase the exposure of the students to the French culture in their day-to day lives. The French Institute in Romania has subsidized part of the purchasing costs of the books for the 5 participating bilingual high schools in this action. Soon, IFR will also test a device for e-books (e-book reader) provided by ADIFLOR, which can be proposed as an educational tool in the bilingual schools.

ADIFLOR is a non-profit association aiming to facilitate young public’s access to the French book, t highlight the cultural diversity of the francophone area and to encourage solidarity and the joint action. “Since it was founded, in 1985, ADIFLOR was involved in more than 1500 projects worldwide. Every year, through its support, over 200,000 volumes enriched the publication funds of the public libraries, documentation centers and educational units in francophone and Francophile countries” the representatives of the organization explained. The institutions willing to purchase French books can order them online, on the ADIFLOR platform (www.adiflor.org). They will pay a symbolic contribution for purchasing the books – EUR 1.50 per each volume, in Romania’s case.

From February 19 to 27, the books will be delivered in Bacau, Brasov, Bucuresti, Carei, Cluj-Napoca, Deva, Iasti, Negresti-Oas, Piatra Neamt, Pufesti, Ramnicu Sarat, Satu-Mare and Timisoara. The purchased volumes cover a wide range of genres and areas – from fiction to specialized literature, to science promotion, dictionaries, textbooks, manuals, stories and games. The antennas of the French Institute in Romania (Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Timisoara) are delivery points. On this occasion, meetings with French teachers and events aiming to increase the cohesion of the francophone and Francophile communities of these localities will be organized.

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