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Dashin’s Foundation supports literacy and equal access to knowledge

Books have long embodied the human capacity to conjure up real and imagined worlds, giving voice to the diversity of human experience. They help us share ideas, obtain information, and inspire admiration for different cultures, enabling far-reaching forms of dialogue between people across space and time. From the time the first book was released, the waves of change spread worldwide. Books continually impact our thoughts, habits, imagination, and overall world perception, from the Holy Bible to Homer’s Epic Tales, Jules Vern’s travels or Harry Potter Chronicles. They spark innovation, generate knowledge, and change minds. Inspired by books, we are progressing, evolving, and cultivating human values. 

On Thursday, June 2, a remarkable children’s workshop, “I Change because I Read and I Read because I Change”, was held by CYBBY – Cyprus IBBY with the support of Little Odysseus at the LMU Library. Children from a public kindergarten and schools unlocked the magic world of writing. They received precious insights and inspiration from internationally renowned Greek authors and teachers – Vicky Xanthopoulou, Fotis Dousos, and Thodoris Papaioannou, who gave lectures and workshops on various topics. Dashin’s Foundation was honoured to be a part of this wonderful event standing up for creativity, diversity, and equal access to knowledge. We genuinely hope such initiatives will stimulate children’s lifelong love for reading and knowledge thirst, so, we were happy to sponsor the books for all the young participants.

On June 20, following the successful event, we were delighted to support our local authors by donating a range of their marvellous books, featuring colourful illustrations and captivating stories, to the children’s department of the Limassol Municipal University Library and the University of Cyprus Library.

Books are vital tools to access, transmit and promote education, science, culture, and information worldwide. Indeed, storytelling is an incredibly effective tool when it comes to educating younger generations. We might not know what the appearance of the books will be in a technologically advanced future, but undoubtedly, stories will always impact people’s lives and shape the world. They will remain a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures.