Illiteracy has become a National emergency, as "Over 13 million Nigerian children are unable to access basic education."

Illiteracy poses a serious threat to the overall development of any society, hence is considered a serious socioeconomic problem. According to UNESCO (2017), it “accompanies poverty, low life expectancy, political oppression, and underdevelopment, as more people and communities become vulnerable to societal ills.

Education inequality due to lack of access to books, is a critical barrier that limits the opportunities available to disadvantaged children in Nigeria to achieve literacy.

This is our call to action. To improve learning opportunities, through provision of books to Nigeria's most marginalized children, to help them overcome the burden of poverty.

"The estimated cost of illiteracy to the world economy is 1.2 trillion dollars.”

Help Us Reach Our Goal of 100,000 Books Before The End of 2020.

Play a part in bringing the joy of reading to millions of children facing literacy barriers.

We advocate for recycling of neatly-used books, as part of our Green Literacy commitments to support climate change action.

Join our ambassadors who organize book drive to empower children across the country.

"With the Support of our Volunteers, We can Empower Millions of Disadvantaged Children to Overcome Education Inequality to Bridge the Huge Literacy Gap"


ENGAGING COMMUNITIES.

EMPOWERING STUDENTS.

Our trained partners assigned to underserved schools and communities, for project monitoring and mentoring ensure that our literacy goal is achieved. GET INVOLVED

THE BOY THAT HARNESSED THE WIND
(Lessons About The Power of Access to Books and Determination)

A 13-year old Malawian boy was thrown out of school due to lack of fund.
With limited options, he sneaks into the library at night to read books,
where he learned how to build the windmill that saved his village from famine.

ABOUT US

We are a nonprofit providing learning opportunities to help disadvantaged children overcome education inequality. We are empowering a new generation of Nigerians with books, to build a sustainable future with the power of literacy.

“45% of Nigeria’s estimated 170 million population are below the age 15.”

We are exploring this huge learning opportunity to end illiteracy, one book and one child at a time.

Our approach is a tested and research-proven human-centered design, hinged on empowering students with access to books and providing full supports to deliver the literacy goals.

We set up libraries for beneficiary schools, and in addition, we provide textbooks and writing materials to individual student to follow up their reading at home, to ensure continuity, especially given that they spend more time at home than in school.

The latter has been critical to our impact during Covid-19 lockdown, with schools closed for months.

We promote literacy activities and provide educational aids, including scholarships for students in transitional classes.

Outside the schools, we partner with community leaders and parents on advocacy (providing reading time to their children), and also to provide custom solutions, like study groups and temporary community libraries to overcome inadequate infrastructure in the communities.

How We Source the Books?

Our book supply chain is a complex network that rely entirely on the goodwill and activities of our volunteers, donors and partners.

They aggregate old and new books and provide financial and technical supports to help us serve children across the country.

Why Used Books?

We are committed to saving the planet as much as we are to ending illiteracy. "Readcycling" books is a sustainable, enviromental-friendly and cost efficient way to transfer book value for learning opportunities.

Find out more about our SaveOurPlanet campaign here.

Support lifelong learning opportunity for vulnerable children, DONATE BOOKS


Sustainability in Action
Did you know we create global impact by embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to mobilize resources to provide learning opportunities to marginalized children to help them achieve literacy.

OUR VISION

Our vision is a Nigeria where every child posses the literacy skill to reach their full potential.

Help keep kids learning during a time of historic need

Community book drive spreads the joy of reading by aggregating old books from family and friends to help disadvantaged children.
A book drive could be big or small, is always fun and rewarding.

Book Drive Sign Up

5 Steps to Conduct a Remarkable Book Drive

Step 1: Register and plan your book drive.

Sign up to get your book drive ID and e-fliers.

Set concrete goals for number of books. It may be hard to estimate initially, but setting goals will keep you on track, stay focused and ultimately collect enough books. A book drive could be small or large depending on your capacity.

Set drive dates and duration. Typically, a drive lasts between 2 and 3 weeks.

Find a sponsor (e.g. publishing house, schools etc) or build a mini team (2-3) with friends and family. You'll be able to reach more potential donors when you ask friends, family and colleagues to help you plan and spread the word.

Identify places where you can find books (Your book drive could be targeted at your workplace, worship community, friends, extended family, social media community, professional/political groups etc.).
Have fun while at it.

Step 2: Start your Book Collection.

Leverage e-fliers for social media/e-mails/WhatsApp broadcast to promote the book drive to your networks. Remember to spread the words on how #BookforLife is empowering marginalized children with learning opportunities.

Set reminder to keep in touch with your donors.

Choose an easily accessible address/location to receive books from your donors. If you don’t have address to use, reach out to organization in your community to ask if any would be willing to receive books for your drive.

It is important to be flexible with your donors. Be creative and keep people updated on your progress.

Take cool pictures and interview your donors, if you have chance.

Step 3: Arrange and Sort your Books Carefully.

Sort your book donations and document your books inventory.

Step 4: Conclude your Book Drive, notify us and ship the books to us.

Plan your logistics and ship to us at your convenience. You can arrange with our logistics partner for pick up.

E-mail your book drive summary stats to info@bookforlife.org

STEP 5: Multiply your impact.

Celebrate your success! Share your book drive success story to inspire others via social media. Send photos or a written essay of your book drive experience to info@bookforlife.org

Spread the word by telling others about Book for Life.

Together with our volunteers, we are breaking boundaries to enhance the literacy achievement of disadvantaged Nigerian children.

As part of our commitment towards a sustainable impact, our volunteers are offered training and career mentoring for personal development.

Volunteer Sign Up

Every commitment to help vulnerable children learn and succeed is an investment towards building a sustainable society for all.

“Literacy is the first step towards freedom and liberation from social and economic constraints.

It is the prerequisite for individual and collective development, as It creates wealth, reduces poverty and inequality and helps to eradicate problems of nutrition and public health.

VOLUNTEER
DONATE BOOKS
START A BOOK DRIVE
NOMINATE A BENEFICIARY
BECOME A COMMUNITY PARTNER

*Our Community partnership is only opened to NYSC members serving in public schools.

Give Books:
Enlighten Lives, Ignite Minds

We are always seeking new and neatly used:
Nursery, primary and secondary textbooks and workbooks published in the last 10 years.popular fiction and nonfiction reading books.

We provide these books to vulnerable children who otherwise have limited opportunities to access books to read. Together, we can enrich more lives.

BOOK DONATION SIGN UP

It takes one tree to make 25 books.

It takes about three tons of trees to make one ton of paper

Paper production utilize more water per ton than any other product in the world.

Each ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water.

Conservation of books is critical to

Connect/Contact Us:

+2349045048400 info@bookforlife.org

Additional links: Nigeria adult literacy rate 1960-2019, Nigeria poverty rate between 1985 - 2020., Literacy rate, youth total (% of people ages 15-24)

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