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  • 2 ABD 2000 Vol. 31 No. 1

    From the Editor-in-ChiefAsian/Pacific Book Development (ABD)is published quarterly by the Asia/PacificCultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU),Tokyo, with the cooperation of UNESCOand UNESCO Member States in Asiaand the Pacific. ABD serves as anewsletter for UNESCOs networkingprogramme, Asia-Pacific CooperativeProgramme in Reading Promotion andBook Development (APPREB), for whichACCU is the regional coordinatingagency. News articles in the Asian/PacificPublishing Scenes of ABD (pp13-21) arecontributed by the national correspon-dents of 23 countries in Asia and thePacific. Articles and photos without indicationof copyright ( followed by ownersname) may be reprinted for educationaland non-commercial purposes providedthat they be accompanied by a creditline Reprinted from Asian/Pacific BookDevelopment, published by Asia/PacificCultural Centre for UNESCO includingauthors name and volume/number.Three voucher copies should be sent tothe Editor-in-Chief. Opinions expressed in signed articlesand news of the correspondents arethose of the authors and do not neces-sarily represent the opinions of ACCU orthose of the Editorial Committee of ABD.

    Editorial Committee MembersAmadio A. Arboleda Josai International UniversityShonosuke Kanehira Otuma Womens CollegeTakashi Kasahara Kodansha Ltd.Akiko Kurita Japan Foreign-Rights CentreKanji Maeda Sanshusha Publishing Co., Ltd.Gow Michiyoshi Design DirectorShigeshi Sasaki Publishing ConsultantMasaaki Shindoh Shogakukan Inc.Muneharu Kusaba ACCU

    Editor-in-ChiefMuneharu KusabaDirector-General, ACCUEditorial OfficeBook Development and LiteracyDevelopment, ACCU

    DesignGow MichiyoshiKazuyo Nakamura

    Published in co-operation with UNESCO

    All correspondence shouldbe addressed to:The Editor-in-Chief, ABDAsia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO(ACCU)6, Fukuromachi, Shinjuku-ku,Tokyo 162-8484, Japanphone: (81) 3 3269 4445, 4435fax: (81) 3 3269 4510e-mail: book@accu.or.jp

    Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre forUNESCO, Tokyo, August 2000Printed in Japan byKyodo Printing Co., Ltd.

    List of Correspondents (23 countries)

    AustraliaKevin MarkFreelance Editor and Writer, 8 Autumn Street,Belmont 3216

    BangladeshGholam MoyenuddinDirector, Bangla Academy, Dhaka 1000

    BhutanRinzin WangmoYouth Information Officer, Youth Guidance &Counseling Division, Education Department, Ministryof Health & Education, Thimphu

    CambodiaMok PhoeurnOfficer of Complementary Office, Non-FormalEducation Department, Ministry of Education, Youthand Sports, No. 169, Preah Norodom Blvd., PhnomPenh

    ChinaWu XushengDirector, Theory Department, Press and PublishingJournal, 17 Bei Da Jie, Fucheng Men, Beijing

    Fiji and the South PacificLinda S. CrowlPublications Fellow, Institute of Pacific Studies,University of the South Pacific, PO Box 1168, Suva

    IndiaP.K. AroraExecutive Director, Federation of Indian Publishers,18/1-C, Institutional Area (Near JNU), Aruna Asaf AllMarg, New Delhi 110067

    IndonesiaAlfons TaryadiChairman, Advisory Board, Indonesian BookPublishers Association (IKAPI), Jl. Kalipasir 32,Jakarta 10330

    IranMansoor KadivarDirector, International Affairs Department, Institutefor Intellectual Development of Children & YoungAdults, Hejab Ave., Laleh Park, Tehran

    JapanYoshiaki KiyotaPresident, Shuppan News Co., Ltd., 2-40-7 Jimbocho,Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051

    LaosSoubanh LuangrathDirector of Childrens Cultural Centre, Ministry ofInformation and Culture, PO Box 6244, Vientiane

    MalaysiaSidin Ahmad IshakHead of Department, University of Malaya Press,50603 Kuala Lumpur

    MaldivesAbdul Raiheem HasanDeputy Director, Non Formal Education Centre,Salaahudhdheen Building, Ameenee Magu, Male

    MongoliaJambyn DashdondogDirector General, Mongolian Childrens CulturalFoundation, PO Box 2106 46/46, Ulaanbaatar

    NepalGokul Prasad PokhrelChairman, Nepal Press Institute, The Media House,Tripureshwer, PO Box 4128, Kathmandu

    New ZealandJane WestawayWriter, 191 Wilton Rd., Wilton, Wellington

    PakistanAhmad FarazManaging Director, National Book Foundation, 6Mauve Area, G-8/4, Taleemi Chowk, Islamabad

    Papua New GuineaStephan B. WaineFestival Officer, National Cultural Commission, POBox 7144, Boroko, NCD

    PhilippinesNeni Sta. Romana-CruzTeacher, Writer, Philippine Board on Books forYoung People, International School Manila, Box1526, MPO 1255, Makati City, Manila

    Rep. of KoreaJong-Jin JungSecretary General, Korean Publishers Association,105-2, Sagan-Dong, Chongno-gu, Seoul

    SingaporeR. RamachandranChairman, National Book Development Council ofSingapore, c/o National Library Board, 1 TemasekAvenue #06-00, Millenia Tower, Singapore 039192

    Sri LankaDeepali TalagalaDirector, National Science Foundation, 47/5,Mailtland Place, Colombo 7

    ThailandChintana BhaigasuyeeDirector, Book Translation Institute, Department ofInstruction and Curriculum Development, Ministryof Education, Bangkok 10300

    To mark the year of Education for All2000, this issue of ABD focuses on theassesment of the last decade, discussingthe diversity and complexity of thisprimary concern, as well as challengesahead. Because of its critical relationshipwith social and economic development,promotion of literacy activities requiresthe overall cooperation of all those in thefields of politics, socio-economics,culture and rural development.

    One of the issues in coping with thechallenge is the diversity in culture andlanguage in Asia and the Pacific region,which requires further efforts to providebasic education for all. However, acquir-ing literacy is not only a means to gaineconomic and social stability. Anotherimportant thing is that it can become aneffective tool for human developmentand to nurture dignity in ones self. It isthus essential that literacy education beconducted with due respect to indige-nous languages and cultures, which willbring highly efficient results on the sideof the learners. In this respect, experts inculture, language and publishing inrespective countries can make a signifi-cant contribution in bringing out attrac-tive materials to cater to the needy intheir own countries.

    ACCU should like to further its literacypromotion activities in Asia and thePacific, co-operating with various sectorsand fields in the region, through network, Munehraru Kusaba

    material production and training ofpersonnel. ACCUs long experience inbook development can also play a part inpromoting sustainable literacy in theregion by providing children with readingmaterials that are truly needed and whichdraw their interests. As these pro-grammes are all conducted in closecollaboration with the Member States inthe region, we should like to havecontinued assistance and support ineffectively promoting our programmes.

    Lastly, beginning from its 31st volume,main features of ABD magazine will beavailable online as part of the APPREBwebsite. By sharing knowledge andinformation and co-operating mutuallyvia the site, APPREB will further bringtogether those working in book develop-ment and reading promotion, and willcontribute to achieving our ultimate goalof reaching out to the most needy.Although information technology is notyet a common practice by many in theregion, I believe the utilization of currentadvanced technology will be of greathelp in strengthening our activities.