Lockdown in Africa: a learning crisis

Send books and make children smile when schools reopen.

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, 1.5 billion learners across the world were out of school.

For the most vulnerable, these school closures could have a long-term impact.

Education is the only key to a brighter future for children in the world’s most disadvantaged communities. Yet for many, without books and literate parents to support them, reading and learning at home is simply not a possibility.

When it is safe for schools to reopen, it is vital that children find libraries and classrooms full of beautiful new books to support them in their learning.

It costs just £2 to send another book and with your help, we can make sure that children are reconnected with the books that will help them rediscover the joy of reading, reignite their passion for learning and make up for lost time.

You can help children get back to learning: Donate now

Help pupils like Lydia's get back to learning when lockdown lifts



Lydia is the Head Teacher at Narok Primary School in Laikipia in remote rural Kenya. Her school has been closed since March. She is concerned of the impact this will have on her pupils’ future as many of them cannot learn at home.


Laikipia children
Currently, our children are not learning. Most of them are just going to work in the field with their parents and as most of our parents are illiterate, they cannot support their children’s learning at home.
Lydia, Head Teacher, Narok Primary School, Kenya


Lydia believes books will play a big part in helping her pupils to catch up when schools reopen. Her pupils may not have access to computers or smartphones but with your support, they will have many new books to engage and inspire them as they get back to learning.


It costs just £2 to send the next book – and your donation will be used to help send more books around the world, including to children returning to school after lockdown.

Please give what you can today using the link below, by calling us on 020 7733 3577 or emailing info@bookaid.org.


Every £2 you donate helps send another book