The Joy of Reading Award is an international award intended to recognise initiatives or projects that encourage citizens to read.
Access to information and the fight against illiteracy are very important, and the United Nations’ 2030 goals with regard to education therefore also form the basis for this award.
Illiteracy is a global problem that must be addressed. We want to highlight the work of different projects that are helping to make a difference. This goes hand in hand with Systematic corporate values about contributing to society.
Za'atari Camp Libraries
The winner of the Systematic Joy of Reading Award 2021 was Za’atari Camp Libraries, which is the first library system worldwide to be run solely by refugees. The 12 libraries in the Jordanian camp are an important source of learning for many of the 79,000 Syrians living there – especially the children. Syrian children and young people are often referred to as ‘the lost generation’, because war has robbed them of their schooling, and many of them are ashamed that they are unable to read and write.
Collaboration with Next Library ®
The award is etablished by Systematic in collaboration with Next Library® – a conference at which library professionals from around the world meet every two years. The award will be handed over again in June 2021 at the Next Library in Aarhus, Denmark.
The award is accompanied by a $10.000 cash money prize and is awarded by an international jury, who will assess all the applications received, select the nominees and the eventual winner.