Dictionaries help to meet huge demand

We were delighted with a large donation of mixed English dictionaries from Oxford University Press last week.

There is always a huge demand for dictionaries and other reference books, which we can rarely fulfil, as digital publishing means they are simply no longer printed in large quantities. Access to digital resources for most of our partners, however, is still a long way off.

That’s why we’re so keen to distribute the dictionaries as quickly as possible. Some, in fact, will be making their way to Ethiopia on the shipment we are packing at the moment.

And as Mr Adenew Mesfin of the British Council, which distributes Book Aid International books to schools there, says, one of their main challenges is that “there is a huge demand for reference books, which are lacking from the books donated to us by Book Aid International”.

A huge and heartfelt thank you to Oxford University Press for helping to bridge this gap.

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Training the trainers

Juliet Nabuduwa is playing a key role in setting up school libraries in Uganda. Juliet was selected to participate in a ‘Train the Trainers’ workshop with Book Aid International and Africa Educational Trust because of the energy, efficiency and enthusiasm with which she manages the library in Busimba Primary School, near Mbale, in Eastern Uganda.

Juliet Nabuduwa, Lead Librarian, Uganda

The workshops are giving Lead Librarians like Juliet the skills and tools to train colleagues in other local schools. The training covers topics such as basic library management, reading to children, monitoring library activities and impact.

The Lead Librarians then actively support the establishment of new libraries in neighbouring schools and take a significant role in training all staff and head teachers so that schools gets maximum benefit from their new library.


Juliet has seen first-hand the impact of a library on a school. Africa Educational Trust helped set up the library in her school four years ago. Since then, Juliet has trained pupil librarians in every school year group. She helps pupils choose books and her face lights up when she discusses the success of her pupils who are achieving higher levels in school leaving examinations. She feels that the development of a reading culture is the key to students’ success.

Nine schools, 108 teachers and 7,905 primary school pupils in Uganda are already benefitting from training provided by Lead Librarians like Juliet who attended the Africa Educational Trust/Book Aid International workshop; many more will follow in the coming months and years.

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A birdie of a day!

Dulwich & Sydenham Hill golf course

Everyone was a winner on our annual Book Trade Golf Day at Dulwich and Sydenham Hill Golf Club on Wednesday 9 July 2014… although some golfers were bigger winners than others!

This annual fundraising event was started by our just-retired Chair, Philip Walters, in 2007 and has proved very popular with the many keen golfers in publishing. We were delighted that this year, as Philip hands over the reins and we celebrate our 60th anniversary, we had more teams than ever before and raised a record-breaking amount.

Children's Corner in Paidha Public Library, Uganda

Fourteen teams enjoyed glorious sunshine on the beautiful course in South London and helped us to raise nearly £12,000, enough to set up a whole new Children’s Corner in a public library in Africa, including library refurbishments, filling shelves with brand new books and training librarians.

The winning team - Search Press

The winning team this year was from specialist art and craft book publishers Search Press.

Best individual player went to Craig Leyland of Oxford University Press

The winner of the trophy for best individual player went to Craig Leyland from Oxford University Press, while Justin Chantrey of Harper Collins won the longest drive and Peter Roche of Orion won ‘Nearest the Pin’.

Philip Walters, golfing legend, with Malin Rosenkvist, Major Donor Fundraiser

We would like to thank Philip Walters for all his work setting up this annual event and for his very generous donation of raffle prizes. Also Dulwich & Sydenham Golf Course for their hospitality and for a generous raffle prize. We are also extremely grateful to www.londoneye.com , www.murdocklondon.com and www.gentlemenstonic.com for raffle prizes.

We were delighted to be joined by representatives from the following organisations: JGW Partnership, The Book People, Sky, Harper Collins, Travers Smith, Hodder Education, Quercus, SAGE, Search Press Ltd, Book House, Royal College of Nurses Publishing, Copyright Licensing Agency, Clays, St Ives, Oxford University Press, Taylor and Francis, Orion, Canon, Print On Demand Worldwide, Halston, Freidheim International, CABI. Thank you all for making the day such a great success!


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Book Of The Month June 2014: much in demand vocational books from Pearson

June’s Book Of The Month is in fact a range of vocational books, donated to us by Pearson.

In 2013, we struggled to find donated books for vocational trades such as carpentry, building, plumbing, engineering, electronics, hospitality and more.

Despite these subjects being in high demand amongst our partners, especially community libraries and colleges, much of our vocational output was limited to books on accountancy and IT.

So we were delighted to have received thousands of books on a range of vocational subjects from Pearson, one of our greatest donor publishers. Learning a trade can put people in a position where they can really change their lives and also have a positive impact within their community. We’ve already sent large quantities of the books donated to us by Pearson to projects in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Zanzibar where they will be very welcome indeed.

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Tauheedul Charity raises £13,500 for “School Library in a Box” scheme

Press Release: 25 June 2014

Tauheedul Charity and Book Aid International are working together to inspire and empower young readers in the developing world. The alliance began in 2013 with a programme to establish portable school libraries in ten primary schools on Pemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania (1: photograph).

Tauheedul Charity launched a campaign on World Book Day 2014 to expand this project to a further five schools in the region. Working in partnership with schools in the Tauheedul network, the charity raised £13,500 for the ‘School Library in a Box’ scheme. The donation was presented to Book Aid International this morning by the pupils and staff of Tauheedul Boys’ School, Blackburn. (2)

The people of Pemba rely primarily on subsistence farming and small-scale fishing for a living, with many surviving on less than US $1 a day. There is only one public library on the island, serving the population of over 300,000. Some schools do not have any books, let alone a library, and many children on Pemba had never visited a library or seen a storybook before the School Library in a Box scheme. The project provides portable libraries containing books in Swahili and English to schools that do not have a building that can house a library.

Chief Executive of Tauheedul Charity, Hamid Patel said:

“At Tauheedul, we are passionate about making a difference to the lives of children through education. Our partnership with Book Aid International is underpinned by a vision of more children in Africa learning to read and having all the opportunities that this brings. The Zanzibar School Library in a Box programme is an example of how our partnership is enhancing the lives of thousands of children and young people.”

Director of Book Aid International Alison Hubert said:

“Book Aid International’s vision is of vibrant libraries that inspire readers and empower communities. A School Library in a Box is just such a library – filled with all kinds of books in the children’s mother tongue and in English. With this support from Tauheedul Charity we are able to provide thousands more children in Zanzibar with the books they need to flourish at school and beyond.


Notes to Editors

1) Photograph of a “School Library in a Box” in use:


2) The cheque handover to Book Aid International will take place at Tauheedul Boys’ School, Robinson Street, Blackburn BB1 5PE on Wednesday 25 June at 11am.

Book Aid International

Book Aid International works in partnership with libraries in Africa providing new books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish. The charity provided 563,424 new books to over 3,000 libraries last year alone.


Tauheedul Charity

Tauheedul Charity works to transform the lives of children and young people from some of the poorest communities across the world.


For further media information or to request an interview, please contact:

Book Aid International Communications Manager Harriet Beaumont

t: 020 7326 5816

m: 07900 203307

e: Harriet Beaumont


Tauheedul Charity Director, Yusuf Patel

t: 01254 674952

e: Yusuf Patel


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