Between 2011 and 2016, Book Aid International partnered with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Tanzania in a project to increase the literacy skills of primary school children in poor and remote areas in the Kagera region of mainland Tanzania. The published report is now available.
The School Library in a Box project targeted schools which did not have a library of their own and had very few books in the classrooms. It aimed to do this by providing 64 schools in the region with book box libraries filled with books in English and Kiswahili and training for teachers in how to teach reading activities that help develop reading comprehension skills in both English and Kiswahili.
As part of the School Library in a Box project, Book Aid International supplied over 24,500 brand new bright and engaging children’s books to fill the schools’ book box libraries, grants to purchase locally published titles in Kiswahili and funding to support teacher training delivered by VSO.
This is VSO’s report detailing all that has been implemented and achieved between 2011 and 2016. The School Library in a Box project has contributed to a notable improvement in pupils’ reading abilities with a 13% increase in Kiswahili reading test scores and a massive 39% increase in English reading test scores.