Canadians announce winners of first African literary prize

    CODE gives $21,000 CAD to three writers of new books for youth.

    OTTAWA, Aug. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian organization CODE awarded the
first recipients of the inaugural Burt Award for African Literature this
morning in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:

    1st place - $12,000 CAD to Mkama Mwijarubi for Treeland: the Land of
    2nd place - $6,000 CAD to Asungushe B. Kayombo for The Best is Yet to
    3rd place - $3,000 CAD to Ambani A. Guyi for A Hero's Magic.

    The Burt Award is a new literary prize sponsored by CODE with support
from Canadian Bill Burt, who was inspired after seeing CODE's work in East
Africa first hand. The Burt Award will help create books for African children
as they transition between mother-tongue and English instruction in school.
The award will spread across Africa on a country by country basis, but was
open only to Tanzanian writers in its first year.
    "We hope that through this award young people become excited about
learning, expand their literacy skills, improve their chance at making it at
school, and ultimately lead more productive lives as a result," says CODE's
Executive Director Scott Walter.
    Through this award Canadians are helping to create literature in places
where writers don't often have a chance to write, publishers rarely publish
award-winners, and young readers don't usually have access to books that
engage them in learning. All three winners received a publishing contract and
guaranteed distribution of their books to schools and libraries through CODE.

    If you can read and write, you can learn to do, and be, anything. That's
the idea behind CODE. CODE's programs support libraries and teacher training
as well as national and local book publishing in about 20 languages in Africa
and the Caribbean.

For further information:

For further information: Jana McDade, Communications Manager, (800)
661-2633 ext 252,

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