READ International

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Using a unique volunteer-led model, READ International works with teachers, school and university students to create vibrant libraries in secondary schools. These libraries provide young people with the resources they need to achieve their potential and secure a poverty free future for themselves.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1128534)

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  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment

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Location

  • My favourite experience? Seeing kids peruse textbooks with a glee and interest that I have never seen a child in the UK approach a textbook with

    — Yemi Apampa

  • My favourite experience? Seeing kids peruse textbooks with a glee and interest that I have never seen a child in the UK approach a textbook with

    — Yemi Apampa

Situation

Tanzania has one of the world’s highest concentrations of people living in poverty (IMF, 2012) but the Tanzanian government is committed to using education as a tool to combat poverty and has more than doubled the secondary enrolment rate since 2004. However, there is a huge gap in the provision of resources and quality of learning with the average pupil to textbook ratio 10:1.

Solution

Tanzania and the UK share a very similar secondary school syllabus but textbooks in UK schools are routinely replaced. As a result, good quality but technically ‘out of date’ textbooks fill up school store rooms or end up in landfill. A natural recycling relationship therefore emerges between the UK and Tanzania. By increasing the number of textbooks per student, and creating a positive learning environment, we give young people the opportunity to further their education.