Book Aid International has been making a difference in Eritrea since 1985. In 2014, 28,699 books were donated, the majority for children and teenagers. We also developed new partnership agreements, with the Ministry of Education and Library and Information Association.
Human Development Index ranking: 182 out of 186 countries*
Adult literacy: 70%**
Net enrolment in primary education: male 36%, female 32%**
Net enrolment in secondary education: male 28%, female 23%**
Why we work in Eritrea
Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a long struggle and became almost immediately embroiled in conflicts with neighbouring countries. It is now at peace but remains one of the poorest countries in the world and the government is struggling against the many challenges of trying to rebuild its war-torn infrastructure. Prior to independence, Eritrea had only one public library, 37 school libraries, and no community libraries at all. Now there are nine public libraries, 39 community libraries plus a further 22 libraries run by the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students, over 250 junior school libraries and a library in each of the 92 secondary schools in the country. Enrolment in education is low whilst class sizes are large and resources poor. English language is being promoted as a national priority and the school curriculum is taught in English after grade 5, meaning our English language books are very welcome.