Last month CITW was pleased to distribute over 100 boxes of books to 5 schools in the Beitbridge area of Zimbabwe. The books included a range of categories and age levels, from leisure books to subject books such as English, Maths, Science, and Social Studies.
The schools in the area were extremely grateful for the delivery, stating that they could not have come at a better time, especially after the past two years of COVID. One lovely letter of thanks, from the Headmaster at Nottingham Primary School read: “Nottingham Primary is ever so grateful for the wonderful donation of books received this week. The books shall go a long way in assisting with the Literacy levels throughout the school, and as a whole go a long way in assisting the pupils at the school. Thank you for your kindness and generosity”.
It is very unfortunate that many schools in Zimbabwe, particularly those in small towns and rural areas such as Beitbridge, do not have access to adequate learning resources for either their teachers or students to utilise. With this in mind, these books are sure to make an immeasurable difference to the lives of thousands of school children, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
It must be noted that the distribution of these books would not have been possible if it wasn’t for Books for Africa’s (BFA) incredible generosity, and the phenomenal collective fundraising and logistical support of the Zambezi Schoolbook Project, along with other organisations.
Two consignments of books have been donated for CITW to distribute in the last two years – the first approximately 15 tonnes worth, and the second about 20 tonnes worth. This equates to over 1 200 boxes and more than 30 000 books – all of which are already touching the lives of so many children across Zimbabwe.
Read the inspirational backstory of how the Zambezi Schoolbook Project came about here.