"Quality education is education that works for every child
and enables all children to achieve their full potential."
Every Child Should Have a Textbook.
Education inequality is the biggest precursor to Illiteracy, and a major threat to the right of every child to free and fair education. It is a serious threat to the overall development of any society, as more people and communities become vulnerable to societal ills.
Illiteracy has become a National emergency, as "Over 13 million Nigerian children are unable to access basic education, and only 6% of household with children have at least, three books."
Extreme poverty and poor government funding are major literacy setbacks. The cost of textbooks becomes a key barrier that prevents children from having access to the learning materials they need.
By providing access to appropriate learning materials, we can ensure equal opportunities to disadvantaged children, to achieve the UN's SDG4 related to providing inclusive and effective learning environments for all.
Textbooks in sufficient quantities is key to improve instruction and learning. Without these, children can spend many of their school hours copying content from the blackboard, which severely reduces time for engaged learning.
This is our call to action. To provide books to Nigeria's most marginalized children, as a learning opportunity to help them achieve Literacy.
WE RECYCLE USED BOOKS TO DRIVE LITERACY
Help Us Reach Our Goal of 1 million 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.
Partners with us to 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 Help Bridge the Huge Literacy Gap.
"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart." - Elizabeth Andrew.
Our community partners coordinate our literacy hubs, in underserved schools and communities, to ensure that our literacy goal is achieved.
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men" - Fredrick Douglas
Providing the books is not enough, because a person who won't read, has no advantage over one who can't read. We provide needed supports to help our beneficiaries develop reading habits. We are reintegrating literary and debating culture back into schools.
30-DAY LITERACY TIPS FOR PARENTS
(LITERACY WEEK 2020)
THE BOY THAT HARNESSED THE WIND
(Lessons About The Power of Access to Books as a Learning Opportunity)
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.
WHO WE ARE
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 encourage them to read, to deliver the literacy goals.
We set up libraries for beneficiary schools, and in addition, we provide textbooks and writing materials to individual students to follow up their reading at home. This is to ensure continuity, especially given that they spend more time at home than in school.
Outside the schools, we partner with community leaders and parents on advocacy, to provide reading time to their children. We achieve this by setting up Literacy/Reading hubs to overcome lack of library infrastructure in the communities.
The latter was critical to our impact during Covid-19 lockdown, with schools closed for months.
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.
Support lifelong learning opportunity for vulnerable children.
SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION
Did you know we create global impact by embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
Mobilize resources to provide learning opportunities to marginalized children to help them achieve literacy.
A Nigeria where every child posses the literacy skill to reach their full potential.
Help keep kids learn 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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.
Literacy is the first step towards freedom and liberation from social and economic constraints.
Every commitment to help vulnerable children learn, is an investment towards building a sustainable society.
Literacy is a prerequisite for individual and collective development. It creates wealth, reduces poverty and inequality, and helps to eradicate problems of nutrition and public health.
*Our Community partnership is only opened to teachers and NYSC members.
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.Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias and Reference books.Notebooks and Exercise books (not written in).
Donate Money for Books. COMING SOON
Donated books provide sustainable learning opportunities to children, who otherwise have limited chance to get access to books to read.
Together, we can enrich more lives.
It takes one tree to make 25 books, and 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.
For every old book reused, a ton of paper save 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water.
Our efforts at Book for Life, promoting reuse of old textbooks, to educate marginalized Nigerian children will conserve resources, and reduce paper waste.
Every used book recycled is taking care of the environment.
LITERACY WEEK 2020
"Literacy is not a luxury, it is their right and our responsibility."
To commemorate the International Literacy Day 2020, it was an honor to have entered the history books, as we hosted the First VIRTUAL SPELLING BEE in Nigeria.
The event event was streamed live to online audience.
The #COVID-19 crisis shed light on the unpreparedness of infrastructure, education systems, programs, and people, for ensuring the continuity of teaching and learning in such a situation. This was an additional strain on an already fragile education system in the country.
It was a reassuring moment to have school children put up outstanding performance, as we celebrated the literacy achievement of Nigerian children, and raised awareness about the alarming rate of illiteracy in Nigeria, with “over 13 million Nigerian children unable to access basic education."amidst the COVID-19 lockdown.
You can watch a recap of the event live via our FACEBOOK PAGE.