Books and Literacy in Africa

  • Millions of African children do not have books.  Many schools do not have a library.
  • African countries have some of the highest illiteracy rates in the world.  Compared to the United States where 99% of individuals ages 15 and over are literate, literacy levels in Develop Africa's focus countries are: 35% in Sierra Leone, 40% in the Gambia, 67% in Uganda, 68% in Cameroon, 85% in Kenya.1  The literacy levels among females is even lower.
  • Low literacy levels are linked to poverty, unemployment and crime
  • Access to printed materials has been found to be on the critical variables affecting reading acquisition

coy smiling wioth book in Cameroon

Habits that children form at a young age will stay with them for a lifetime. Childhood is therefore the best time to instill a love of reading. This will help educate and inform the person throughout his/her lifespan. Developing a love of books leads to a love of learning. When a child loves to learn, opportunities greatly increase.

There is a dire need for educational books in Africa. These books will make a real difference in enhancing literacy / reading skills among children.  Help Develop Africa send a container of one million children books to sponsor literacy efforts for kids ages 3-12 in Africa.

The children's books will be distributed free to children in schools.  The books will also support reading and learning in school classrooms.


  Our Book Focus Goals:

  • To bring new focus on the literacy needs of children in Africa
  • To engage students, schools, corporations and other organizations in gathering brand new books and used books for school libraries, classrooms and students in Africa 


   How You Can Help:

  • Raise the necessary funds to help send books to Africa (recommended). 
  • Run a book drive campaign in your school, church and or organization

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