Book Aid International has been making a difference in Uganda since 1963. In 2014 we donated 108,417 new books from UK publishers to our partners in Uganda. We are working with the Uganda Community Libraries Association (UgCLA) to transform community library services, and since 2008 we have worked with Kyambogo University, providing books to support teacher training. In 2013 we are working with the National Library of Uganda to improve children’s services in public libraries.
Human Development Index ranking: 164 out of 186 countries*
Adult literacy: 73%**
Net enrolment in primary education: male 90%, female 92%**
Net attendance in secondary education (net enrolment statistics not available): male 16%, female 19%**
Why we work in Uganda
Uganda is amongst the poorest countries in the world. English is one of the official languages and is widely spoken. It is taught in schools, but there is a severe shortage of books in both English and the local languages making books which Book Aid International donates an extremely valuable resource. The primary and secondary-level books that we send for school libraries give school pupils access to a wide range of books that help combat the limited number of books in most classrooms.