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.
Book Drive Background and Vision
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.
Project Appeal and Campaign
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.
Development Focus Areas
Our Book Drive 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