Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has been supporting Book Aid International since 2010.

What does the Stavros Niarchos Foundation do?

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the world’s leading private international philanthropic organisations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. The Foundation funds organisations and projects that are expected to achieve a broad, lasting and positive impact for society at large, focusing on vulnerable groups such as children and the elderly, and also exhibit strong leadership and sound management.

What Book Aid International projects does the Stavros Niarchos Foundation support?

The first Book Aid International project supported by the Foundation was the East Africa Children’s Reading project in Kenya and Tanzania, which supported the establishment of 12 Children’s Corners and 25 School Libraries in a Box in Zanzibar and Kagera Region (mainland Tanzania). This project ran from 2011-2013 and was instrumental in shaping our current flagship Open Doors Children’s Corners programme which is now operational in six countries.

The Foundation’s experience in supporting digital technology projects enabled us to inform our own digital projects. Through the SNF supported pilot projects in Kenya, we have built up our own research, knowledge and understanding of how print and digital resources can be used together in libraries, expanding our digital provision and delivering digital projects which benefit large numbers of children and help them to discover the joy of reading in more ways.

Children’s books and e-learning pilot project, Kenya

The project combined Book Aid International’s vision and learning from the successful Children’s Corners project development between Book Aid International and knls supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation and other donors from 2010-2012. Books remain essential to support literacy and education but people in Kenya and other developing countries increasingly need the ability to use computers, smartphones or tablets to find up to date news or information, get the best deals for goods or services, and for education, training or employment. Children need to develop reading skills and information retrieval skills that enable them to make well-informed choices from the vast amount of information that is available. We were delighted to have the opportunity to develop and deliver a project that trialled digital provision for children and provided more books and training for librarians.

In total this project worked with 22 libraries, enabling 10 libraries to set up new Children’s Corners, providing 12 libraries with established Children’s Corners with brand new books, resources and training and five libraries to become digital sites, allowing children to develop their technology skills alongside their reading skills. A total of 64 librarians from all the project libraries took part in training in children’s library services.

Over the two years of the project Book Aid International provided a total of over 44,400 UK publisher donated books worth an estimated £315,000. We gave grants, enabled by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, to knls to purchase a total of over 19,550 books and to purchase a total of 180 tablets and 25 e-readers.

You can find out more about The Stavros Niarchos Foundation here.


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