Strategy type (tool, event, training course, etc.)
Monthly meetings with asylum seekers in children's Library

Scope of the practice (local, national, international level)

When did it start/end?
December 2017 / June 2018

Integrart Association

City and country
Treviso, Italia


Ива Младенова

1. Describe your project briefly
“Readings under the baobab” is a festival which was held monthly at the children’s Library in Treviso. asylum seekers from the Hilal reception centre were reciting tales and nursery rhymes from their home countries to children aged 4 to 6 years. The tales were chosen by asylum seekers and the storytelling took place around a fire made of papier - mâché. This was to reproduce the atmosphere of the African evenings under the baobab, during which the elders would tell tales to the children around them. The young volunteers, supported by Jelena Zivkovic from Integrart and the volunteers from Abibrat association, were reciting tales in Italian from the following countries: Burkina Faso, Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Sudan and Ivory Coast. The children and their families were extremely interested. Waiting lists had been formed and the initiative generated great deal of positive press coverage.

2. What were the aim of the project? 

- social inclusion and integration of asylum seekers and refugees

- international cultural exchange

- respect for diversity  and education to tolerance

- enhancement of asylum seeker's skills 

3. Who was involved in designing process?

Integrart (associazione di promozione sociale), Abibrat )amici delle biblioteche di Treviso), Biblioteca per ragazzi Dematté e Hilal Asylum Seekers Reception Centre

4. If you could change something, what would you change?
We would repeat the project in other cities or countries.

5. How do the project impact on civil society? 
The impact was great, waiting lists  of children and their families had been formed, it generated great deal of positive press coverage.

6. How do you evaluate the project’s impact?