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29-04-2003 11:00 am Paris – UNESCO Publishing and the Lebanese publisher Dergham have just released a combined Arabic version of two books by Polish educationalist Janusz Korczak – How to Love a Child and The Child’s Right to Respect.

Korczak, whose real name was Henryk Goldszmit, was born in Warsaw in 1878 to Jewish parents and wrote novels, articles, treatises, stories and plays for adults, children , young people, doctors and educators all over the world. In 1912, he founded a Jewish orphanage and in 1919 a centre for children of Polish workers. He died in the Treblinka Nazi concentration camp in 1942 along with 200 children from his orphanage.

The two books that have been translated into Arabic and published as a single volume sum up his whole work. How to Love a Child, which he wrote while fighting at the front during World War I, is probably his best known work about teaching. It has been translated into English, French, Russian, German and Hebrew and describes the life of children living in institutions, orphanages and holiday camps.

The Child’s Right to Respect, first published in 1929, is a major statement of children’s rights in which he denounces their oppression and suggests ways to rectify it. “These two works are surprisingly relevant to the world of today,” says Ahmed Lamihi, who teaches educational sciences at the Ecole normale supérieure in Tetuan (Morocco), in a preface to the Arabic translations. “In the books you discover not only a teacher who knows no frontiers but most of all educational principles that apply to children all over the world.”

Janusz Korczak’s ideas still attract the attention of teachers and education experts. Many schools, as well as an educational movement, carry his name and implement his theories, which are best summed up with his own words: “Children are not future people, because they are people already […] Children are people whose souls contain the seeds of all those thoughts and emotions we possess. As these seeds develop, their growth must be gently directed.”



  • How to Love a Child – The Child’s Right to Respect : translated into Arabic from Polish as Kaïf tuhibb at-tifl? and Haq at-tifl bil ihtiram by Hatif Al-Jinabi, with an introduction by Ahmed Lamihi and revised by Nassim Aoun. UNESCO Publishing / Dergham (Lebanon) € 11

    For more information: upo.unesco.org/bookdetails.asp?id=4003






    Source Media Advisory N°2003 - 37
    Author(s) UNESCOPRESS



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