GLOBAL INITIATIVES RELATED TO THE THERAPEUTIC FUNCTION OF READING IN A PANDEMIC
University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (BULGARIA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 16th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-8 March, 2022
Location: Online Conference
Abstract:The great crises in human history are leading to revolutionary changes that are setting a new agenda for humanity. The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 for the second year in a row leads to transformations not only in the personal, but also in the overall public life of the individual. The whole world is one in its attempt to overcome this challenge, which has fundamentally overturned public order and privacy. Everyone is vulnerable and the search for coping strategies is one of the important points of reference in such moments of global cataclysms.
Various projects, programs, initiatives, etc. have been created all over the world in which reading was conceived as an opportunity for a more painless transition through a difficult situation. New research shows that active readers read significantly more during the pandemic using actively different formats - traditional, audio, e-books.
In connection with a number of studies conducted within the project "Study of attitudes to the therapeutic potential of reading in atypical situations for the individual" with Contract № KP-06-H45 / 2 of 30.11.2020, funded by the National Science Fund of The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria initiatives from around the world have been studied, organized by institutions, foundations, organizations and individuals, aimed at both adults and children.
The aim of the report is to show and analyze initiatives to tackle the pandemic that is based on reading. Its powerful and indisputable function is to reach a wide mass of people, ubiquitous influence and proven results in overcoming stress. The results of the study of foreign initiatives will diagnose and show the impact of reading and its changed practices in a state of disturbed emotional environment.
Keywords: Reading, pandemia, therapeutic function, initiatives.