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Project information

Books Change Lives

Having access to books has a long-lasting effect on children, young people and communities. These School Book Boxes will provide a basic ‘starter library’ for primary schools shipped to Africa from the UK to provide children aged 5-15 with brand new books to support their education and imaginations.

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Book Aid International

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  • Need


    In many schools in Africa, a few old, tattered copies of curriculum textbooks are all that is available for children to learn from, and few have any other books at all – meaning children do not have the opportunity to experience all the educational benefits and wonderful imaginative opportunities that books can bring.


    A School Book Box would provide a starter collection of 300 carefully chosen books donated by the UK publishing industry, suitable for schools of up to 500 children. They will be delivered in a wheeled box that can be moved from classroom to classroom, and will include a manual for teachers to provide guidance and inspiration. It will also include educational resources to support early learning and education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Help children have access to reading for education and pleasure


    » Send book boxes with 300 new books to children in schools to 20 different partner countries, reaching up to 10,000 children.

    What success will look like

    Success will be 10,000 children spread over 20 schools having access to new and relevant books to read that are tailored for their age group and educational needs.

  • Impact


    Reading is an essential life skill. The project will provide reading materials for children to support their education and open up the world of learning and reading for pleasure for the rest of their lives.

    Book provision monitoring trips will be carried out after the books have been delivered to evaluate how the books are being used and how they have impacted the community. This will include collecting case studies, photos and video footage.




    Donors will receive an update when their box has been packed and delivered, detailing the school and beneficiaries.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Cost for 20 boxes 200-300 books donated from the UK (cost covers sourcing, storage, selection, shipping, staff costs)
      £400 Library box The boxes to hold the books
      £100 Security locks Locks so the boxes can be secure
      £100 Stamp for books and stickers Stamp for each of the boxes and stickers for books
      £140 Teacher's manual For development, print and production
      £200 Resources Additional educational resources
      £60 Monitoring Monitoring grant for partners
  • Background


    The boxes will be delivered to one of our partner countries in sub-Saharan Africa including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe.


    School children aged 5-15, librarians and teachers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Book Aid International has been providing books to underprivileged children for 63 years throughout the world. Last year we sent out over 1 million books. We have existing partnerships in each of the recipient countries and have professional librarians on staff to choose appropriate books to send. We also have strong existing partnerships with UK publishers who will provide the new books.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stevie Russell

    BAI librarian who has been working at BAI for 5 years and will choose appropriate children’s books and learning materials for each location.

    Judith Henderson

    Our schools programme manager who has worked in each of the countries for BAI for the past 5 years and who will help source the right partners.