Bilingual Christmas Gifts
The joint community Gellersen in Germany made some very special christmas gifts this year. For each of the 46 children living in refugee accomodations in Gellersen, the community printed the bilingual picture book "The Glass Ring". First they chose one of the stories on www.bilingual-picturebooks.org. Next they downloaded the book in German and Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, Ukranian, Russian, or Englisch, the childrens' native languages. Finally, they printed the books in an A4 format. The integration commissioner Britta Müller explained: „In school and kindergarten the children learn German much more quickly than their parents. The families can read the bilingual picture books together." Steffen Gärtner, the Mayor, added: "We want to bring the children some joy for christmas and at the same time increase solidarity in the family and build bridges."
In the picture you can see: Mayor Steffen Gärtner (right), integration commisioner Britta Müller (2nd f. r.) and Holger Schölzel (left) giving Mohana (10) from Iran and her parents the bilingual picture book wrapped in paper and some chocolate.