In order to perpetuate the duty to remember about slavery and to tell this story to children, UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector is launching a series of children’s books in partnership with the publishing house and production, Southern Languages.
“In order to deconstruct the poison of racism, the question of transmission to younger generations is essential. Young people must understand that racism began with slavery and that slaves, despite incredibly difficult conditions, knew how to resist culturally and physically in order to affirm their dignity as human beings”, explains Gabriela Ramos, Sous -General Director, Social and Human Sciences Sector.
According to the manager, “with this series of publications, we want to create a new narrative for the new generation to free themselves from the harmful constructions of the past”.
Through the experiences of Bintou & Issa, this collection aims to develop a sense of values in children aged 5 to 9, such as living together, respect for cultural differences or even the fight against all forms of discrimination.
The history of slavery is told to children through simple and understandable words. These illustrated books highlight the resistance, the great historical figures, the places of memory as well as the role played by women and the cultural and technological heritage linked to this tragedy, underlines Langages du Sud.
The texts are designed to allow children to understand the history of slavery and to understand the impact of this tragedy on the modern world, their world.
This educational project initiated by UNESCO in partnership with Langages du Sud addresses burning issues such as racism and discrimination.
The Bintou & Issa collection is part of the continuity of the Slave Route project: resistance, freedom and heritage of UNESCO. This project has indeed contributed to the development of educational resources around the world as well as high-level scientific networks related to slavery, its abolition and the resistance it has generated.