Cambridge University Press Donates 100,000 Books to Schools in sub-Saharan Africa

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Cambridge University Press is sending thousands of primary school books to 12 African countries in partnership with Book Aid International, to provide school books to some of the world’s most deprived areas.

We know that education changes lives and we believe that part of our mission is to make sure that everyone, no matter where they are from in the world, has the chance to access educational materials of the highest quality.

School libraries in Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Somalia (Puntland, Somaliland), Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe will each receive 50-100 copies of each book donated, ensuring that whole classrooms of school children will be able to learn from them.

The books are unused and in perfect condition, but are not currently part of the UK curriculum.

Clive Nettleton, Director of Book Aid International, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this donation from Cambridge. At Book Aid International, we partner with local organisations and schools to promote learning, the creation of literate environments and community development. We focus on sub-Saharan Africa, because it is the poorest region in the world, where only a very small minority can afford to buy books, and libraries are for most people the only place they can gain access to good quality information. This generous donation is going to help improve access to educational materials for literally thousands of children all over Africa.”

Andrew Gilfillan, Managing Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Cambridge University Press, said: “Our mission as an organisation is to advance learning, knowledge and research all over the world. We know that education changes lives and we believe that part of our mission is to make sure that everyone, no matter where they are from in the world, has the chance to access educational materials of the highest quality.”

Book Aid International supports some of the most unusual and accessible library services in the world, from traditional bricks and mortar libraries right through to mobile services on bicycles, motorcycles, lorries, donkeys and even camels! They send a total of around half a million books to sub-Saharan Africa and the Occupied Palestinian Territories every year, and have provided 30 million books to the developing world since they began.

Cambridge University Press has supported Book Aid International for a number of years, but this is the largest single donation to date. The first consignment is going out this week and will be sent in 3-tonne weekly shipments.

Notes for Editors:

About Book Aid International
Book Aid International increases access to books to support literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. They work with a wide range of partners in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa who help us to ensure that the books we send match the local need and that they are distributed to the libraries and communities that need them the most. Their Royal Patron is His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T.

For further information, go to http://www.bookaid.org

About Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press was formed in 1534 and is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. Dedicated to excellence, its purpose is to further the University's objective of advancing knowledge, education, learning, and research.

Throughout its history, the Press has maintained a reputation for innovation and enterprise, through publishing the latest research, and through supporting the latest methodologies for teaching and learning. It publishes 240 journals and over 2,500 books annually for distribution in nearly every country in the world.

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