For over 20 years, Sipar has helped Cambodia fight illiteracy and develop school and public reading. An enrichment to this program has been the establishment of a publishing branch for books in khmer ten years ago.
200 000 new readers among children
230 school libraries
26 public Reading Centers
8 mobile libraries in 3 provinces
2000 school librarians trained
12 000 teachers trainees initated
10 projects of communal educational services development
11 prison libraries
95 titles for young people in khmer
1 million books were published
Sipar books donated to the children of the Pediatric Hospital of Phnom Penh
To celebrate the launch of a Picture Book on Vehicles published in khmer for toddlers, an event was organized at the National Pediatric Hospital of Phnom Penh with Cambodia Airports, our sponsor for the publishing of the book.
This book was donated to every children of the Hospital (the 200 patients). ‘’We were happy to see these children smiling when we delivered the books in the medical rooms”. ‘’These books will help cure sick children’s spirit’’ said Dr. Nhep Angkeabos, director of the hospital.
Sipar follows its mission as a Sower of Books !
IBBY Award for two SIPAR titles
SIPAR has just been honored by the IBBY network (International Board on books for Young People) for the publication of: “The Prince who Never Laughed” by Dary Heng and for the translation of “James and the Giant Peach” by Navy Hort.
IBBY, a non-profit organization, is committed to bringing books and children together in more than 70 countries over the world.
A jury in Cambodia selected the book by Dary Heng and the translation by Navy Hort to appear on the Honor List which will circulate for the next two years during the events organized by IBBY International.
This distinction is recognition for SIPAR as a Cambodian publisher of books of quality.
In Cambodia garment workers also have the right to read ...
With the aim of reaching a new population of readers, garment workers, Sipar has developed a project responding to the request of the British management of a Dewhirst company factory.
This international company that works for the Marks & Spencer brand has currently 2000 workers ; 90% of them are women, mainly young with a low education level and thus often very vulnerable.
Sipar trained some worker's representatives as librarians and fully equipped a room that is now used as a library open to every workers during their lunch break.
This factory is located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh in an area surrounded by many other factories. Sipar will also work more with workers’ information centers which are resource centers situated nearby factories.
A new operating site for Sipar mobile libraries thanks to TOTAL
Sipar just celebrated the launch of a new operating site for its mobile libraries thanks to its partnership with Total Cambodge Oil Company. The new site is situated in Khsom village next to Total Depot on national road n’1.
It newly benefits to about 60 children and their families that now have a regular access to books and knowledge.
During the event, some animations were conducted by the mobile librarians for a public of…200 children from Khsom ! Word of mouth has been really successful… : an impressive and encouraging record for Sipar.
A motorbike as a library in the Ratanakiri province
A mobile library under the aspect of a motorbike has taken the road in Ratanakiri carrying books to remote areas. Ratanakiri, with its numerous ethnic minorities, is still underprivileged and faces a high illiteracy level.
The first results are very encouraging : children and adults are seduced by the project and make use of the books brought by the mobile library with enthusiasm. Thus ethnic minorities, school children and rural people have now the access to reading within reach.
A young man was trained to the techniques for organizing reading sessions and book-oriented activities (games/drawing). He visits 6 villages each week, and leaves small book lending units managed by local volunteers (village chief, retired school teacher, storekeeper, bonze...).
International prize to Sipar
IBBY - ASAHI
Sipar has just received the IBBY ASAHI Reading Promotion Awards 2012 , presented by IBBY ASAHI to projects run by groups or institutions that are judged to be making a lasting contribution to reading promotion for children and young people.
The prize presented to Sipar at the 33rd IBBY Congress in London on August 2012.