National Policy of the Reading and Book (2015-2020).

National Council for Culture and Arts
Key objectives of the measure:

The formulation of the National Policy of the Reading and Book 2015-2020[1] illustrates a virtuous circle of awareness and participation of civil society in developing a sectoral policy in force and which arises from a presidential measure oriented at promoting the reading[2]. With this guideline, the government developed a participatory process that considered the cultural and territorial diversity of the country. Between August and October of 2014, around 700 people of the sector joined the tables of the book, 7 of them took place in Santiago and 1 in each region[3].

The reports of the tables were substantive basis for the formulation of the Policy and they contributed to generate the diagnosis, define objectives, and project the measures in the following areas: reading and education; reading promotion; creation; bibliographic heritage; industry and internationalization; electronic publishing; and legal and institutional framework. To this work the proposals of the Regional Meeting of Writers and Indigenous People -Parliament of the Book and Word- organized by the University of Chile, were added that very year[4].

Currently, the Policy is executed through the National Plan of the Reading and the Book 2015-2020 that implies active participation of civil society organizations and recognizes as objects of reading, in addition to printed paper books, new digital media and audiovisual, oral traditions and different cultural and artistic expressions of the territory.

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[2] It refers to the presidential measure included in the document “Chile de Todos”. Michelle Bachelet Government Programme 2014-2018 (October, 2013), p.133, which pointing:"We will create the National Reading Plan and a National Book Policy to make Chile a country of readers from early childhood" available


Scope of the measure:
Regional, National
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

The “National Policy on Reading and Books” was developed from information gathered in public-society tables civil conducted in Santiago and regions, with the participation of authors, editors, representatives of the Chilean Book Association, of Independent Publishers Chile, Cooperative Publishers Fury; representatives of the Association of Graphic Industrialists, ASIMPRES, booksellers, SECH, Letras de Chile, School of Translators and Interpreters of Chile College of Librarians of Chile AG, counselors Book, government officials of CNCA; DIBAM; Ministry of Education; DIRAC and PROCHILE, translators, teachers, academics, representatives of universities, the Academy of Language, foundations and corporations reading promotion and foundation for overcoming poverty; librarians, reading promotion experts, journalists, cultural managers and relevant stakeholders in the book industry and reading.

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

The National Policy on Reading and Books (PNLL) 2015-2020 recognizes the importance of access to reading and books as a right of all people, it should be guaranteed by the state as an essential factor in the formation of citizens and citizens, creative, thoughtful and participatory. In this regard, the references that will guide the implementation of the PNLL are mainly associated with books printed on paper, and their actions will aim at ensuring access and promotion of reading these materials. It also links to other media, for which oriented digital and media literacy strategies readers, who aspires to be designed properly form. Finally, it was also recognized as a reading object oral traditions and different cultural and artistic expressions, whereas reading texts should be further along with other aesthetic and cultural codes.

One of the central challenges of the current government is the Education Reform. For this it is essential to make a qualitative leap and link Policy Book and Reading to educational policy, to add depth and strategic scope. From an economic point of view, the lines of the government program aimed at strengthening the value chain of Industry Book, committing their various stakeholders and related institutions and through own of each of these instruments.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Unavailable information.

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