Books for schools

Every year we supply hundreds of thousands of books for schools because we believe every child should have the opportunity to read.

The Millennium Development Goals included an aim for all children to complete primary education by 2015 (Universal Primary Education). Although this has not been achieved in full, many countries in Africa have made great strides in their provision of primary school places. For example, over 80 per cent of primary school-aged children in Kenya are currently enrolled in school. However this means classrooms are now more crowded, there are more pupils for every teacher and resources such as books are often in short supply.

In many countries, huge investment has been made to provide textbooks and educational resources, but many schools are still short of books. Schools rarely have sufficient budget to buy books, especially as pupil numbers have increased. Although some schools have access to textbooks, additional and complementary books, such as picture books, story books and simple readers are often hard to obtain, which means many children are learning to read without sufficient books with which to practice and develop their skills.

Our work to supply books to schools

Having a supply of interesting and relevant books can help children to develop their reading skills as well as to increase their knowledge on a range of subjects. That is why we supply hundreds of thousands of books to school libraries in Africa each year. Not only do we supply books which will help support children’s learning and development, but books which are brightly-coloured, age-appropriate and appealing so that children learn not only to read, but to love reading.

We work with library services to get books into the hands of school children. These books supplement the curriculum as well as encouraging a love of reading. We can also help children with basic literacy in English by providing simple primary readers.

We supply both primary and secondary level books to our partners. Many of these books go directly into school libraries, but some go to community and public libraries which run their own outreach projects for schools in their area. Nkazimulo Dube, the librarian at Edward Ndlovu Memorial Library, Zimbabwe had this to say about his library’s outreach service:

“Teachers can become closed in a box using the same textbook all the time. The book boxes open up a new perspective on the same subjects.”

This work to provide books to schools is in addition to our school-based projects, Inspiring Readers and School Library in a Box.

Our work to support schools in 2015


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