Children reading from Blue Planet – China

I took part in the Chengdu and Beijing international literary festival in the Bookworm. During the visit to China we flew to Xichang and from there we drove to visit a school that was built by donations from Iceland. Soon after the devastating earthquake in Sichuan in May 2008, the Icelandic Business Forum started a fund-raising for victims in the quake-hit area. RMB 500,000 was raised and a new school was built in Huidong County of Liangshan Yi Autonomous Area of Sichuan Province. Binghua Hope Primary School was formally opened in March 2010. All the kids got a copy of the Blue Planet that had just been published in Chinese. I was not sure if the kids could actually read the book – but here is the proof. We hope that in the future some schools in Iceland will create a formal friendship relationship with the school.

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