Malawi children with their Inspiring Readers library

Inspiring Readers project update

6th June 2018 | News

Thanks to your support over 123,000 children in under-resourced primary schools in five African countries will soon be enjoying brand new books in class as part of our Inspiring Readers school library programme!

Each participating school has received a Book Box Library packed with brand new UK donated books plus local language titles and teacher training in using books in the classroom. Schools are also connected to a local public library which has a thriving Children’s Corner where children can access more books, reading activities and the expertise of professional librarians.

In addition to Cameroon, Kenya and Malawi, Inspiring Readers is now up and running in Uganda and the programme has also just launched in Sierra Leone.

Reading books in a school in Uganda
10,000 primary school children in Uganda are now enjoying new books in class thanks to your support

Librarians at the five hub libraries participating in Inspiring Readers Sierra Leone have just attended training. They are now leading workshops with 75 teachers from 25 schools to show them how to manage their Book Box Libraries and introduce children to the joy of reading.

Inspiring Readers training in Sierra Leone
Librarians in Sierra Leone are now showing teachers how to bring books to life in the classroom

Once the workshops are complete, the schools will receive their Book Box Libraries, giving children the chance to read for pleasure in school, some for the very first time. Many of them do not have books at home.

The impact of having brand new books in classrooms is already beginning to show. Our recent evaluation of the 2016 Inspiring Readers pilot in Kenya found that almost all participating schools have seen an increase in pupil attainment since their libraries opened.

Inspiring Readers in Kenya
Pupils at Muringato Primary School in Kenya, like others whose schools are participating in Inspiring Readers, are achieving better grades since their Book Box Library arrived.

Inspiring Readers has been so popular in Kenya and Malawi that the programme is being expanded in both countries to reach more schools and readers. Pupils at 25 more schools in Kenya are now enjoying brand new books and the programme will expand into 25 further schools in Malawi in October 2018.

Malawi reader
Inspiring Readers has been so popular in Malawi that we are expanding the programme to include a further 25 schools in October 2018

Next, we hope to expand the programme to Zanzibar.

We would like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery who have funded Inspiring Readers in Kenya, Malawi and Sierra Leone and the trusts, companies and individuals who have supported the programme in Uganda and Cameroon.


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