Book Aid International has been making a difference in Tanzania since 1963. In 2010 we donated some 65,000 books, over 60% of which were for school-age children. As well as books originating from the UK, we also purchased books in local languages, provided training, contributed to refurbishing libraries and more. We have developed projects to increase access to books for children in schools and public libraries, as well as supporting the development of services for distance learners.
Human development index ranking: 152nd out of 169 countries
% of the population living on less than US$2 per day: 80%
Adult literacy: 73%
Net enrolment in primary education: 92%.
Why we work in Tanzania
Literacy and education are vital to help individuals and communities in Tanzania escape from poverty. Research shows that textbooks and supplementary reading materials are essential to improve standards of education in developing countries but books are scarce in homes and schools, and libraries struggle to find resources to replenish their stocks and create attractive learning environments.