Bouba & Zaza: Intergenerational African children's books address AIDS

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and UNESCO’s Regional Education Bureau in Dakar have developed an intergenerational African series of children’s books featuring the main characters Bouba and Zaza. The books seek to develop life and socialization skills outside the family context among children aged three to eight.

HIV and AIDS is one of the topical subjects covered by the series, which focuses on difficult issues affecting the lives of African families that parents may be reluctant to address. Other topics include war and conflict, water resources and environmental protection. Currently available in French, the books will be translated into English, Portuguese and Kiswahili.

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 20 per cent of the total population under age six. However, malnutrition and under-five mortality rates are alarmingly high, and as a direct outcome of HIV and AIDS, war and conflict, a large number of African children are either orphaned or refugees.


Click here for more information on the “Bouba and Zaza” collaboration between ADEA’s Working Group on Early Childhood Development and UNESCO’s Regional Education Bureau in Dakar, with education specialists in Africa, publisher Michel Lafon Education and African illustrators.

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