ELINET Member Croation Reading Association awarded
The Croatian Reading Association (CroRA) is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit and voluntary association whose mission is to encourage, research and promote reading and literacy. For their project Croatian prison reading program for parents and children they were awared the International Literacy Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe 2017. The picture shows Snježana Berak and Kristina Čunović from CroRA, IDEC Chairperson Ann-Sofie Selin and Renate Valtin, Chairperson International Development in Europe Committee.
In Croatia, about 15,000 children have at least one parent in prison. These children are invisible to the community and are a vulnerable group that are sometimes direct, but always indirect victims of their parents’ crimes.
The program is organised so that detainees in prison get picture books or books appropriate for older children, among which they choose a book for their child. They read the text aloud as if they were reading it to their child directly, and the prison employees assist them in recording the audio. The audio recording with the book are then sent to the child. This is a very encouraging way of strengthening or renewing a strained relationship with their father, especially for young children.