Themes covered by the series
Despite the young age of its target audience (3 - 8),
the Bouba and Zaza series, "Childhood Cultures", freely examines serious subjects.
Its stories are set in contemporary society and portray early childhood and its problems.
To break with the secrecy and silence that go hand in hand with AIDS, the violence done by those who violate
the physical integrity of children, and war-induced traumas, the publisher has adopted an educational
approach, using fiction to examine the questions children may ask themselves and the answers they need.
Among the themes chosen are
- Children in an emergency situation (sexual abuse)
- The culture of peace and non-violence (scars left by war)
- Accepting difference, tolerance (living with a disability)
- Children faced with natural disasters (earthquakes, droughts, etc.)
- Protection of the environment, education in sustainable development
- Identity, cultural identity
- Remembering to say "thank you"
- Respect for elder people and respect for each other
- The importance of water
- Safety, protection (the dangers of the street and domestic risks)
- Hygiene, health and diet
The texts in this series will reflect new educational requirements.
They will help children open up to the world, and not as passive participants,
by taking part in activities, experimenting and seeking answers with others.
These texts must
- take into account the social and cultural realities of the continent in their choice of characters and practices;;
- avoid the promotion of discriminatory ethnic, religious or sexist stereotypes ;
- provide an introduction to concepts of public-spiritedness.