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?
Between 2016 and 2018 the Stavros Niarchos Foundation funded the Digital Connections project which provided 10 Children’s Corners in libraries in mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya with Kio Kits, an African developed e-resource designed to support children’s education in demanding environments. The project also included sending thousands of colourful and engaging new children’s books in English, giving grants for local book purchase and training librarians to use these resources.
The combination of print books and Kio Kits proved very popular and outreach activities included taking the kits to schools and training teachers to use the content to support their classroom teaching. In 2018, the project saw an 18% increase in library visits by children, including out-of-school children and street children. Librarians also report that children are spending longer at the libraries, reading more print books and feeling more comfortable in the library. Librarians developed greater confidence and their community outreach and engagement with schools and special needs groups has grown.
You can find out more about The Stavros Niarchos Foundation here.