Without a library, children are left wanting more
In many schools where we work, there is nothing that can be called a library. Teachers and pupils have to make do with a few tattered, out of date books – or often with no books at all.
As a result, the chances of children becoming confident readers and succeeding in school plummet, and the consequences can last a lifetime.
But our Explorer Libraries change that forever.
The power of Explorer Libraries
Through our Explorer Libraries project, we set up new libraries in primary schools – transforming unused classrooms into places where imaginations can run free and learning can flourish.
In each Explorer Library, we provide at least 2,500 books, plus a grant to refurbish the classroom with new chairs, tables and shelves. We run in-depth training too, to help teachers manage the libraries and use the books to inspire young minds. And we provide a grant so our partners can buy locally published books.
From Ghana to Zanzibar, Explorer Libraries are encouraging children to dream big and build a more equal future.
Impact since 2018
School libraries created
A place for reading to flourish
Explorer Libraries completely transform a space – and with that new space comes an exciting new opportunity for children to engage with reading. At the Kidichi school in Zanzibar, below, children have gone from having a dark room with just a few old books to a vibrant school library.
What each Explorer Library delivers
- Unused classrooms turn into places where children love to read
- Books are available on a huge range of subjects
- Teachers are supported to inspire and engage young readers
Fund this project
It costs £12,000 to create an Explorer Library
Our vision is a world where everyone has access to books that will enrich, improve and change their lives.
Read our latest publications, including our Annual Review and Strategy.
At Book Aid International all the income we receive is from voluntary donations – we receive no government grants.