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Inspiring Readers Sierra Leone phase one report

Between April 2018 and January 2019, we worked in partnership with the Sierra Leone Library Board (SLLB) to launch the first phase of our Inspiring Readers programme in schools in Sierra Leone.

Five SLLB libraries and 25 schools took part and in January 2019 the first phase of the programme came to an end. This report presents the key outcomes and findings from this first phase.

About Inspiring Readers

Inspiring Readers aims to increase opportunities for primary school children to read by bringing brand new books into the classrooms of under resourced schools.

Each participating school receives over 1,000 brand new books, including locally published titles and a cupboard to store them in. School staff also participate in training in library management and bringing books to life in the classroom. In addition, each school is linked to its local library which already has a Children’s Corner. The libraries act as hubs, providing teachers with additional support, extra books and the expertise of a professional librarian.

So far, the programme has launched in Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe. We hope to reach 250,000 primary school children across Africa through the programme by 2020. You learn more about Inspiring Readers here.

Key findings

  • Increase in book borrowing

94% of pupils are now borrowing books from school to read at home, compared to only 49% before the project began.

  • Improvement in pupils’ reading skills

Teachers report a 61% increase in pupils’ ability to read at the level expected by the curriculum.

  • Pupils are developing a reading habit and this is increasing their confidence in the classroom

Not only are pupils’ literacy skills improving as a result of increased access to books but teachers also report an increase in confidence among pupils in participation in lessons and interest in learning.

Phase one of Inspiring Readers Sierra Leone is generously supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. We would like to thank them for their ongoing support.

MEDIA RELEASE: Players of Postcode Lottery inspire readers in Malawi

Book Aid International today announced the launch of its flagship school library programme Inspiring Readers in Malawi thanks to funds from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The programme has already reached 37,343 children in Cameroon and Kenya.

Inspiring Readers brings reading into African classrooms by providing Box Libraries full of 1,250 brand new books to schools, training teachers in how best to use the books and ensuring that each school has the on-going support of a professional librarian who has received specialist training from the charity.

Over the next four years, Book Aid International aims to expand Inspiring Readers and bring the joy of reading to 250,000 children in schools across sub-Saharan Africa.

Inspiring Readers is already reaching pupils in 50 schools in across Kenya and Cameroon. The programme’s first phase is now underway in Malawi where librarians are receiving specialist training in how to support

teachers when the Book Box libraries arrive in their schools.

Book Aid International’s Director, Alison Tweed, explained the programme saying:

Inspiring Readers aims to put brand new books into the hands of children in Africa who have very little chance of having books of their own at home and very few books at school. The programme is off to an outstanding start and the feedback we are receiving from pupils, teachers and librarians in both Kenya and Cameroon is just fantastic. We would not have been able to launch Inspiring Readers in Kenya or expand the programme to Malawi without funds from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. I would like to thank every player for helping to make Inspiring Readers possible.”

Year five pupil in Cameroon, Justine, will soon join the 37,343 pupils who already have books in their schools thanks to Inspiring Readers. Despite her age, she was clear about the value of books in her classroom:

“I think libraries are important because they help pupils to learn how to read. I like reading books, but I don’t have any books at home. I will use my new library at least once a week and try to read at least three books per week. I am excited about the new library coming to my school!”

Book Aid International received £450,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery in 2016. In addition to funding Inspiring Readers in Kenya and Malawi, these funds have also enabled Book Aid International to set up five new Children’s Corners in public libraries in Zimbabwe and continue its work supporting 2,624 libraries in 12 African countries by donating brand new books.

For more information about Inspiring Readers visit www.bookaid.org/inspiringreaders. To find out more about Book Aid International or get involved visit www.bookaid.org or call 020 7733 3577.



For further information and comment please contact Emma Taylor, Head of Communications at Book Aid International.

e: emma.taylor@bookiad.org

t: 020 7326 5800

About Book Aid International

Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. The charity works in partnership with libraries in communities where books are scarce providing new books, resources and training to support an environment in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.

Visit www.bookaid.org for more information or join the conversation on twitter: @book_aid


About Book Aid International’s Inspiring Readers programme

  • Inspiring Readers is Book Aid International’s flagship programme to provide book box libraries in African primary schools
  • The programme aims to reach 250,000 children by providing libraries and training to 300 schools over four years
  • Find out more: www.bookaid.org/inspiringreaders


About People’s Postcode Lottery

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  • Maximum amount a single ticket can win is 10% of the draw revenue to a maximum of £400,000
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