IBBY Ireland is pleased to announce Wally De Doncker as Guest Speaker for its annual lecture 2018 to be held in St Patrick’s Campus, DCU on Friday 2 February at 6.30pm.
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Wally De Doncker is an acclaimed children’s writer from Belgium and the current president of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY International). De Doncker trained as a teacher and served as a special teacher of children’s literature. He began writing full-time in 2001 and since then his books have reached readers in more than thirteen countries worldwide.
De Doncker is a frequent contributor to publications that deal with the international dimension of children’s literature, and is a regular guest in libraries, schools and other settings where children and adults come to enjoy his readings.
De Doncker is particularly passionate about fighting children’s illiteracy all over the world and helping provide true access to books and reading for all. “Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. There are good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for All.”
Wally will be introduced by Laureate na nÓg and IBBY Ireland Patron P.J. Lynch. The lecture will coincide with the formal launch of The IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities by IBBY International Executive Director Liz Page. Watch this space for more info on the exhibition!