Children’s books on traditional games launched by Unesco, The Asia Foundation

As part of a joint collaboration, the Asia Foundation and the Unesco Office in Dhaka recently organized a virtual launch event and a roundtable on their initiative to produce children’s books on traditional games.

The event is part of the celebration of 50 years of independence and the centenary of the birth of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It was supported by Unesco during its 40th General Conference, a statement said.

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The Asia Foundation in Bangladesh and the Unesco Office in Dhaka have joined forces to produce and distribute books and reading materials focusing on the cultural heritage of Bangladesh, and to promote reading among children and young people.

As a result of this partnership, 11 books were prepared on traditional Bangladeshi games under the theme “Let’s read about heritage”.

The content has been developed by reputable children’s book authors and illustrators under the general guidance of both organizations.

The books have been approved and appreciated by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) and the Bangladesh National Commission for Unesco.

E-book versions of the 11 books are available to the public free of charge on The Asia Foundation’s Let’s Read digital library (

Md Shohel Imam Khan, Deputy Secretary General of the Bangladesh National Commission for Unesco, joined the discussion as special guest and delivered his opening speech.

Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Founder and Chairman of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra; Sara Zaker, actress, director and co-producer of Sisimpur; Professor AKM Reazul Hassan, member of the NCTB Primary Program; Beatrice Kaldun, head of office and representative of Unesco in Bangladesh; and Kazi Faisal Bin Seraj, representative of Bangladesh at The Asia Foundation, joined the panel discussion.

The discussion was moderated by Kizzy Tahnin, Program Officer for Culture at the UNESCO office in Dhaka.

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