“The Mobile Library Project… will lead to improved education among the primary schools.” – Resident District Education Commissioner, Manafwa District
Mobile libraries can provide access to books for communities which lack the funds or space to build a permanent library, or those with a nomadic lifestyle. Book Aid International has been supporting a range of mobile libraries in sub-Saharan Africa for many years.
Since 2008 we have been working in Zambia, in partnership with the Forum for African Women Educationalist in Zambia (FAWEZA), providing over 25,000 books to stock their fleet of mobile library trucks. The trucks visit secondary schools across the country, creating access to much needed books in schools with no permanent library collection. Following a training workshop run in 2010 in partnership with FAWEZA we launched two more mobile library projects, in Kenya and Uganda.
In 2011 a mobile library truck was launched in the Kibera slum, in partnership with the Slums Information Development and Resource Centre (SIDAREC) and stocked with 7,600 books donated by Book Aid International. The following year a mobile library truck was launched in Uganda in the rural area of Manafwa with FAWEZA’s counterpart, FAWE-U. Stocked with 6,700 books from our warehouse in London, and 2,500 purchased locally with a Book Aid International grant, the truck is now serving eight schools. From our work in Zambia we know that projects such as these will have a significant impact on improving educational attainment.