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Fabi’s Corner, a book exchange in Nicaragua

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HAVANA TIMES – El Rincón de Fabi (Fabi’s Corner) is a reading promotion platform to attract new readers to Nicaragua. Last Saturday, he organized his first book exchange of the year, because, according to its promoter, journalist Fabiola Tercero, “knowledge must circulate”.

Various works of foreign and Nicaraguan literature were exchanged, as well as children’s books, accounting books, books in English, among other genres, Tercero told EFE.

The journalist explained that this reading promotion platform was born in 2017 by seeking to attract new readers in the digital age. One of their activities is to organize barter or raffle book exchanges.

“El Rincón de Fabi was born out of the need that there was no space for readers (in Nicaragua). Not everyone has access to the books or sometimes some people have the books and they sit on a dusty shelf, and knowledge has to flow, ”she said.

Tercero assured that this cultural initiative was well accepted and received, as donations, thousands of pounds, many of which are then exchanged.

“These types of activities are necessary because we are a poor country and the educational resources must be specifically focused on understanding, reflecting and arguing, which is lacking in public schools in this country, where there is no no critical thinking, ”she noted.

“Children today read to read, but we need children to think,” she said.

In short, Fabi’s Corner promotes reading and makes books of all kinds accessible so that new generations can enjoy them without worrying about the price, according to its promoter.

The methodology is that readers can exchange books, but also, if they can and want to, donate them and she distributes them for free.

The young Noel Castellón, who attended the book exchange, observed that in Nicaragua “cultural expression does not have many spaces for dissemination or contact with the population”, which is why he participates at the initiative of Fabi’s Corner.

Nicaragua is below the regional average in science, mathematics and reading, according to the results of Unesco’s regional comparative and explanatory study, which urged the country to develop an education plan.

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