Community Reading Award winners announced!

9th September 2021 | News

We are delighted to have awarded grants of £1,400 to 14 of our partner organisations across Africa so that they can deliver micro-projects as part of our new Community Reading Award. 

Our Head of Programmes here at Book Aid International, Samantha Thomas-Chuula explained: “Our partners have innovative ideas of how to get books to people who might not otherwise have the chance to read, but they’re often held back by a lack of resources. These ideas are especially important now as Covid-19 continues to create challenges for people trying to read and learn. We are delighted to be supporting these projects and we can’t wait to see how they help many more people discover the joy and value of reading.” 

We work with a network of over 100 partners to deliver our work every year, and the Community Reading Award has been developed to give these partners the opportunity to realise their ambitions. 

The judging panel for the Community Reading Award included African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) director Dr Nkem E. Osuigwe. AfLIA works to promote and support African libraries and information professionals. AfLIA Executive Director Dr. Helena Asamoah-Hassa said:  “AfLIA is enthused with this Community Reading Award that encourages African libraries to think innovatively of how to reach and provide information and literacy services to their user communities where they are and not just within the four walls of the library. We are happy to work with Book Aid International to ensure that other libraries learn from the awardees and together form a pool of public and community libraries that can literally transform lives and communities in Africa.” We will be following the winners’ progress and will be providing regular updates here on our website and over on our social media channels. 

The full list of winners is below: 






We would like to thank Dr Nkem E. Osuigwe and Chair of IBBY UK Pam Dix for being part of the judging panel.

Image provided by The Mummy Foundation. 

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