COVID-19 has closed schools and libraries across the world. For children living in some of the most disadvantaged communities, reading and learning has all but stopped. These children are at risk of falling far behind in their education and even failing their exams, shattering their dreams of a brighter future.
Michael Weah, Executive Director of the WE-CARE Foundation in Liberia, said, "With schools closed, children are not learning and many of them do not have books at home."
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Book Aid International, the UK's leading international book donation and library development charity is working hard to make sure that when schools around the world reopen, children have the books they need to catch up.
Michael provided an update on the situation, saying, "Students will be going to the next grade with only half of what they should have learned. This is where books come in."
Operating in accordance with social distancing guidelines, Book Aid International is responding to requests from partners, sending thousands of brand new books to some of the world's poorest communities. Then when libraries and schools reopen, children will find them filled with inspiring new books to help them rediscover the joy of reading, reignite their passion for learning and make up for lost time.
Our players have helped Book Aid International to send 337,089 brand new books to readers across the world and filled 322 under-resourced schools in seven countries with brand new books through Book Aid International's Inspiring Readers programme. Thanks to ongoing support from our players, many more pupils around the world will have the books they need to help them get back to learning when their schools reopen.
Book Aid International does inspiring work to bring brand new books to many of the world's poorest communities. Find out more about some of the other Charities our players are supporting in the UK and further afield.