READ International began life in 2003 as the idea of a small group of university students, following a ‘gap year’ teaching in Tanzania.
Tanzania follows a secondary school syllabus very similar to that in the UK. But as one of the poorest nations in the world, teachers often lack the resources to teach.
READ saw the solution as simple: to contact local secondary schools and collect their disused books. In the first year (2004/5) they collected 40,000 books and in summer 2005 they shipped and personally distributed 25,000 books to Tanzania.
The Library aims to assist READ in offering our expertise, knowledge and logistical support in areas such as, but not limited to:
1. Hands on support – Book collection and sorting
2. Advice and support on the development of a bibliographic and tracking database
3. Facilitation in the development of a ‘Perfect Library Environment’ model
Quote from Robert Wilson, Director of READ International:
'READ International are so excited that the British Library have announced us as their CSR Partner of the Year 2009/10 and about what this relationship will mean to so many. We see the British Library as world experts, so as we seek to develop the work we deliver to school libraries in East Africa we couldn't possibly have a more relevant partner to support us with our work. We are extremely grateful to the British Library and I know that together we can maximise the services and benefits for Tanzanian and Ugandan schools.'
For more information on READ International please see their website