Mostafa Rahmandoust, the renowned author of children's literature accompanied by Hamid Reza Shah Abadi, Managing Director of Al-Hoda International Publications, paid a visit to the ECO Cultural Institute on August 26, 2014 and delivered lectures at an exclusive session to review " Perspective of Children's literature in ECO Countries", well-attended by a noticeable number of correspondents.
Iftikhar Husain Arif, ECI President, highlighted the importance of this cooperation between ECI and relevant Institutions and prominent figures in the field children's' poetry and literature and expressed hope that such a cooperation could contribute to the development and progress of this field in the ECO region in the long-run."
Mohammad Reza Haji Karim Jabbari, ECI Executive Director, briefed the meeting on ECO Cultural Institute objectives and activities. Referring to the memorandum of understanding, recently signed between the Institute and Al-Hoda Publications, he expressed hope that joint endeavors and works on children's poetry and literature will be published in near future.
The meeting was graced by the presence of Payam Dehkordi, Secretary of Children Theatre Festival and Mohammad Sarvar Rajaei, prominent Afghan poet and author, as guests of honor.
Analyzing the quality of children's literature in the ECO countries, Hamid Reza Shah Abadi, Managing Director of Al-Hoda Publications, said": "In Iran, after the Islamic Revolution, a generation of dedicated children's writers has emerged and we hope that the same trend could be formed in other ECI member countries."
Further, Mostafa Rahmandoust, eminent figure in children's literature, referring to the cultural commonalities in the ECO region, said: "ECO countries share a common culture. For instance, there are about 8 thousand Persian words in Turkish language, spoken in Turkey. Also in Turkmenistan before the Soviet Union era, there were bi-lingual journal in both Persian and Turkmen in national library. "
He emphasized the importance of common folklore among ECO Member States and added: "The Persian folklore shares many features with the other countries in this area. It seems as if the folklore and fairy tales in this region has common roots.