Book Aid International has worked in Namibia since independence in 1990. We started working in partnership with the Namibia Library and Archive Service (NLAS) in 2000 and through NLAS we send our donated books to two departments in the Ministry of Education: the Education Library Service and the Community Library Service. In 2011 we sent nearly 40,000 books to Namibia.
Human development index ranking: 120th out of 187 countries
Income inequality (Gini Coefficient): 0.70 (2003) – the highest value in the world
Adult literacy: 88.5%
Net enrolment in primary education: 85%; secondary education: 57%
Total enrolment in tertiary education: 19,707
Why we work in Namibia
Since gaining independence in 1990, the Namibian government has tried to deal with the social inequality and injustices created by years of apartheid. In the areas where black Namibians were forced to live, particularly in the north of the country which is home to over 60% of the population, there is still inadequate schooling. The state education system requires much development in terms of facilities, teacher training and material resources. Book Aid International’s annual consignment of donated books makes a small but significant contribution to Namibia’s development, especially in areas where inequalities are greatest.