Library development charity Book Aid International is launching an ambitious new programme, supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, to improve reading opportunities for a quarter of a million African children.
The programme, called Inspiring Readers, aims to provide book box libraries to over 300 African schools. Each school will receive 1,250 new books, as well as training for teachers to help them use the books to their full potential in lessons. The schools will centre around a 'hub library' so that children can also make the most of local library services and the expertise of their children's librarian.
The charity aims to raise over £800,000 to support the programme in seven countries.
Alison Hubert, Director of Book Aid International said, "We are delighted to be launching this new programme, which will transform the reading opportunities for a quarter of a million African children. Through Inspiring Readers, we have a real chance to help children in Africa fulfil their potential and shape their own futures. Players of People's Postcode Lottery are helping us to do this.
"In many of the communities where we work, children are being held back by a simple lack of books and reading resources. Few children have any books at home, and it is common for school textbooks to be shared between ten children. We want to ensure these children have access to brand new, carefully selected reading and leisure books that are relevant to their reading level. It's an ambitious programme but with the right support, such as the support we get from players of People's Postcode Lottery, we know we can make a huge difference."
Visit www.bookaid.org/inspiringreaders for more information and to view a short film about the programme.