Winter 2000 (8.4)
- Children's Encyclopedia
With the independence
of Azerbaijan came the adoption of a new alphabet - Latin - to
replace the Cyrillic script of the Soviet period.
Left: Exxon has been in the
forefront these past years publishing educational materials in
the new Latin script.
But this decision which enables Azerbaijan to integrate with
the West more readily also creates tremendous problems for this
generation's youth because so few educational materials are available
in the new script.
Exxon has been at the forefront among the international oil companies
for the past several years in creating materials to help alleviate
this problem. This fall they completed the last of five volumes
in a Children's Encyclopedia which explores the ideas of (1)
History, (2) Nature, (3) Art, (4) Human Beings, and (5) Globe.
Exxon commissioned the illustrated books to be published by Ayna-Zerkalo
Joseph Carlson, Manager of Government Affairs of Exxon Azerbaijan
and Borje Sjokvist head of the IFRCRC (International Federation
of Red Cross Red Crescent Society) distributed these educational
materials along with beginner counting books to children in the
Sabirabad Refugee camp in September.
In 1996, Exxon published the first Azerbaijani-English Dictionary
(Cyrillic), followed by an expanded volume in 1998 in Latin script
(45,000 terms and 648 pages). Exxon is currently supporting the
preparation of the reverse volume, English-Azerbaijan, which
should be available soon. See Autumn 1998, "Linguistic
(AI 6.3), page 67.
(8.4) Winter 2000.
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