ProjectsDiversity & Literature
In a cooperation with AfroDiaspora 2.0, be.modos partners the edition of a German children book. “Von Kindern, die zusammenkamen, ihre Geschichte zu teilen” will be a collection of short stories created & written by children for children.
Why this project?
The majority of German children & youth literature centers a white perspective as stories take place in a world where whiteness is the norm and protagonists are blond, blue-eyed Tim, Conny & Thomas. Black & brown protagonists are vastly missing in German children’s literature -or if appearing- often stereotyped.
That has a negative impact on black & brown children’s’ self-image and self-confidence as they feel non-existent or misrepresented in literature.
Therefore children need diversified literature, which show the lived German reality of a socially, religious and culturally diverse society, where all children can see themselves represented and feel comfortable with what they read.
The project aims to fill this gab. A workshop series with 12 workshops will create illustrated short stories with school children of diverse backgrounds. The experiences of those children will serve as basis of the short stories.
- Empowering children of diverse backgrounds
- Raising awareness of diversity
- Raising awareness about the lacks in mainstream representation of race and ethnicity
- Contribution to change mainstream representation