"The goal is to promote education that works for every child, by ensuring they have access to books to achieve their full potential."
Education inequality is the biggest threat to the right of every child to free and fair education. Extreme poverty and poor government funding, evident in the country are major literacy setbacks. The cost of textbooks becomes a key barrier that prevents children from having access to adequate learning materials.
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 textbooks."
By providing access to books, we can ensure equal opportunities to disadvantaged children, to achieve an inclusive and effective learning environment for all.
This is our call to action.
WE RECYCLE USED BOOKS TO DRIVE LITERACY
Help Us Reach Our Goal of
1 million Books
Before The End of 2021.
By maximizing recycling of used books to empower disadvantaged children, we can save over 10 million dollar annually in terms of funding to provide textbooks in underserved communities.
In addition to educating children, reuse of textbooks is part of our Green Literacy Campaign commitments, to support climate change action and promote recycling.
EMPOWERING THE NATION.
Our community partners engage with parents and community leaders, to encourage them to support their children to develop reading habits, to ensure that our literacy goal is achieved.
"With the Support of our Volunteers, We can Empower Millions of Disadvantaged Children to Bridge the Huge Literacy Gap.
"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart." - Elizabeth Andrew.
THE BOY THAT HARNESSED THE WIND
(Lessons About The Power of Access to Books as a Learning Opportunity)
Watch as a 13-year old Malawian boy, sneaks into library, after being thrown out of school.
From the books, he eventually learned how to build the windmill that saved his village from famine.
WHO WE ARE
We are a nonprofit promoting access to books, as a learning opportunity to help disadvantaged children overcome education inequality.
We are empowering a new generation of Nigerians with literacy opportunity, to build a sustainable future.
“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 human-centered design.
We set up libraries for beneficiary schools. 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 set up Literacy/Reading hubs to overcome lack of library infrastructure in the communities. We achieve this through partnership with community leaders and parents.
The latter was critical to our impact during Covid-19 lock-down, 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.
Why Used Books?
We are committed to saving the planet as much as we are to ending illiteracy.
We advocate for a change in behavior and educate the public about the benefits of recycling books to increase their lifecycle, in a bid to protect the enviroment
"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.
SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION
Did you know we create global impact by embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
Our impacts align with SDGs 4, 5, 10 and 12.
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.
NOMINATE A BENEFICIARY
As part of our efforts to capture more diverse beneficiaries, we encourage the public to nominate children and communities, who are considered on merits.
With this, we hope to get everyone involved in our journey, which is critical to our efforts to provide learning opportunities for all.
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.