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Astrid Lindgren prize to Palestinian education group

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Astrid Lindgren prize to Palestinian education group
15:32 CET+01:00
A Palestinian education centre's work to promote reading in the West Bank and Gaza, has earned it a Swedish literature award named for famed children's book author Astrid Lindgren.

The Ramallah-based Tamer Institute will receive the annual Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, along with the cheque for five million kronor ($620,000) at a ceremony in Stockholm on June 2.

"With perseverance, audacity and resourcefulness, the Tamer Institute has for two decades stimulated Palestinian children's and young adults' love of reading and their creativity," said the memorial fund that awards the prize named after the creator of the children's character Pippi Longstocking.

"In the spirit of Astrid Lindgren, the Tamer Institute acknowledges the power of words and the strength of books, stories and imagination as important keys to self-esteem, tolerance and the courage to face life."

The institute, a non-profit and non-governmental organization, was created in 1989 during the first Palestinian uprising with the aim of promoting reading and writing and the development of children's literature among Palestinians.

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was created by the Swedish government after Lindgren's death in January 2002, and claims today to be the world's largest children's and young people's literary award.

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