61 million children
cannot read or write after finishing school - UNESCO

BOOKS IMMEDIATELY IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION

About Books2Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity (Number 1152599) founded in 2012 by four African students during their time studying in the UK. The organisation now has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and works to improve the quality of education in African institutions of learning.

Why Books?

According to UNESCO, more than 50% of students who go to school in Africa will not be able to read or write properly after finishing school due to the poor quality of education they receive. Books immediately improve the quality of education for the majority of African institutions who have no access to electricity or the internet.

Mission

At Books2Africa, our mission is to improve the quality of education in Africa through the provision of books and educational materials that enable students to acquire knowledge and achieve their full potential in a globalized world. We fulfill our mission with the generous support of donors, volunteers, sponsors and partners across the world.

Vision

What we all have in common at Books2Africa, is a passion for developing Africa and a belief that education is key to defeating poverty and transforming Africa. We envision a developed Africa where extreme poverty is eradicated and all children regardless of their gender or economic background can have a good education.

HOW WE WORK

WE WORK TOGETHER WITH DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

Collecting Books

In the UK and in many developed countries, millions of good books are thrown away and end up in landfill. Books2Africa encourages individuals and organisations to donate their surplus textbooks instead of throwing them away and harming the environment. Books and other educational materials such as computers can be donated by packaging them into boxes and arranging a collection or a drop-off via our website.

DONATE BOOKS
Sorting

When donated books and materials arrive at our warehouse in the UK, our team of dedicated volunteers take time to process them. Books are sorted by academic level and discipline, counted, packaged into boxes and stored securely ready for shipping to Africa. As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, Books2Africa securely wipes and refurbishes all donated technology according to industry standards before they are sent to Africa.

VOLUNTEER
Shipping

After sorting and checking donated books to ensure they are of good quality and appropriate for learners in Africa, the next challenge is shipping the books to Africa. Shipping books from the UK to various countries in Africa can be expensive and is our greatest challenge, with a container of 20,000 books costing £4,000 to ship and clear through customs. As such, we are in need of sponsors and fundraisers.

SPONSOR A CONTAINER
Distribution

Individuals and organisations in Africa that need books can submit a book request application on our website. Anyone can apply on behalf of a Nursery school, Primary school, Secondary school, University, Polytechnic, specialised institution, community project, charity or Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in any African country. We also support government initiatives aimed at improving literacy in Africa.

REQUEST BOOKS
Impact

Many students in Africa have their first ever book thanks to Books2Africa. Such students are usually from poor families who survive on an income of less than £1 a day. With the average cost of buying a textbook starting from £3, buying a book is a luxury they cannot afford. For those who can afford a textbook, the books they need are usually not available in local bookshops. The smile on their faces alone is rewarding.

PROJECT REPORTS

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

BOOKS2AFRICA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2012 BY 4 AFRICANS WHO CAME TO STUDY IN THE UK. THE FOUNDERS BECAME THE FIRST TRUSTEES OF THE CHARITY.

Executive Director of
Operations

Dr Tonson Sango


Tonson is an academic and entrepreneur. He is passionate about international politics and development, and works to educate and empower young people especially in Africa. He is an expert on international conflict analysis, the role of traditional African institutions in conflict dynamics and the impact of conflict on community development.

At Books2Africa, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the charity, organises the logistical processes of aid distribution across Africa and liaises with academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental institutions and corporate sponsors to monitor and evaluate the charity’s impact. Tonson promotes the work of Books2Africa via speaking engagements at the United Nations, the University of Oxford and the BBC amongst others.

Tonson has a PhD and an MA in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent, and a BA in History and International Studies from Babcock University. He is a member of the Conflict Research Society and the Royal African Society. He was previously a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies; Campaigner at World Development Movement (Global Justice Now) and Reading Committee member at Chevening. He has lectured International Relations and related subjects at the University of Kent, Cambridge Arts and Science College, London Foundation Campus, Cusano University and Florida State University. He was awarded a bursary by the Institute for Historical Research to complete his PhD thesis on “The Role of Traditional Rulers in Protracted Communal Conflicts in Nigeria”.

Tonson hosts Africa On Air, a series of video interviews with authors, academics, experts, entrepreneurs and leaders who have a passion for developing Africa.

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Director of
Education

Dr Precious N. Sango


Precious is an academic and a qualified teacher. She is passionate about education and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). She is an expert on spiritual care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Mental Health, Social Inclusion, health and social care evaluations and interventions.

At Books2Africa, she is responsible for writing and submitting grant applications, planning and coordinating fundraising events and supervising fundraising campaigns. Precious also designs, manages and implements strategic projects and programmes that enhance the quality of learning and teaching available to disabled and non-disabled students in Africa. Precious promotes the work of the charity at conferences and events such as Africa Writes and the London Book Fair.

Precious has a PhD and an MA in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent, and a BSc (First Class Hons) in Psychology from the School of Psychology at the University of Kent. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has lectured at the University of Kent and at the University of Bedfordshire. Previously, she was Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University, and has also worked with national charities such as Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) and Norwood. Precious was awarded a scholarship by the University of Kent to research her PhD thesis on "Spirituality and People with Intellectual Disabilities: Comparing the Significance of Spirituality in Faith and Non-Faith Based Care Services".

Precious is the Centre Director of the International School of Disability Studies in Nigeria and is a consultant at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling.

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Director of
IT

Mr Chumang Sango


Chumang is a computer engineer, software developer and entrepreneur. He is passionate about computer science and the use of technological innovations to improve efficiency and accountability in business and governance in Africa. He is an expert on web design and development of applications using PHP.

At Books2Africa, he designs and maintains the website and web applications used in managing administrative tasks, sorting donated materials and logistical planning, tracking and fulfilment. Chumang manages the charity's Microsoft Refurbisher programme, ensuring that all donated technology such as laptops, computers, phones and tablets are refurbished according to industry standards – securely wiping data and providing data wipe certificates. He also advises on technical projects involving organisations such as Integral LED.

Chumang has an MEng in Computer Systems and Software Engineering from the University of York. He has worked as a software and PHP developer with firms such as Syngenta, Wisebusiness and Convertize. He is also the Founder and CEO of Clugton Technologies, an Information Technology consulting firm that specializes in helping organizations determine what technology they need and the best way to implement it. Together with his team of dynamic and talented specialists, Chumang delivers outstanding services, full cycle integration; implementation and training that meet and exceed the needs and expectations of unique clients such as BME Concern, Wudy Industries, The Transmission Company of Nigeria and the FCTA Call Centre in Abuja Nigeria. His Masters dissertation focused on how to improve accessible learning by optimizing subtitling for online lectures.

Chumang values the importance of IT in education and seeks to transfer his knowledge and skills to students in Africa.

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Director of
Marketing

Mr Gideon Sango


Gideon is a business and digital marketing consultant. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and finding digital solutions to everyday problems. He is an expert on developing business models and strong brand identity including logos, flyers, posters, corresponding adverts, graphic designs and web content.

At Books2Africa, he brands and manages the charity’s Social Media accounts; generates, publishes and promotes online content and press releases; and deploys search engine and keyword optimisation to advertise the charity to new supporters. Gideon manages the charity’s Google Ad Grant account, ensuring that Books2Africa maximises the benefits of Google advertising, analytics and other products. He also promotes the charity by exploring sustainable fundraising models using platforms provided by organisations such as Amazon and World of Books.

Gideon has an MSc in Computing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Kent in Canterbury, and a BSc in Information Systems from the American University of Nigeria. He has worked as an IT consultant with the Kent IT Clinic, a part of the School of Computing at the University of Kent, established to deliver workshops that focus on how small businesses can harness the power of current trends in information technology. He is also the founder of GeekyFix, a start-up IT firm that provides services including repair of computers and digital devices; branding and digital marketing; IT Support Helpdesk and backup/recovery systems for small to medium size businesses. His Masters dissertation focused on the importance of cybersecurity in confronting human security challenges in a digital age.

Gideon is passionate about helping small and medium sized businesses in Africa maximise the power of technology to grow their business and come out of poverty.

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THANKS TO THE VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE VOLUNTEERED THEIR TIME AND EXPERTISE AS TRUSTEES

👤 Dr Aaron Berko       👤 Dr Bala Modi       👤 Mr Tolani Alli       👤 Mrs Karen Nash       👤 Ms Joey Chong       👤 Mr David Kasule






PREVIOUS SPONSORS

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS WHO SPONSORED CONTAINER SHIPMENTS OF BOOKS TO AFRICA


OTHER STRATEGIC PROGRAMMES

WE SEEK PARTNERS TO WORK WITH US IN DELIVERING OTHER SUPPLEMENTARY PROGRAMMES

Africa On Air

Africa On Air is a series of video interviews with authors, academics, experts, entrepreneurs and influential personalities who have a passion for Africa and who support the work of Books2Africa. These 30 minutes videos feature discussions and debates on current issues concerning Africa, with each episode focusing on a problem and highlighting potential solutions.

Learn more.
School Line

Many primary and secondary school students especially in rural parts of Africa have to walk for hours to get to school daily. School Line is a new Books2Africa initiative which aims to provide buses that would transport school children to and from school free of charge. School Line Buses would do a school run for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening after school hours.

Contact us to learn more or partner on this programme.
Disabled People's Scholarship (DPS)

In Africa, an estimated 60-80 million people are living with disabilities. These individuals are largely marginalized and stigmatized by society. They are often not given priority in many important aspects of life such as education. Books2Africa partners with the International School of Disability Studies (ISDS) to provide people with disabilities (PwD) in Africa with scholarships that enable them obtain an education.

Contact us to learn more or partner on this programme.
SchoolFix

The learning environment is an integral part of the learning experience of students. With classrooms that often have no desks, windows or roofs, many students in Africa learn within environments that pose a risk to their health and safety and rob them of the joy of learning. SchoolFix aims to meet the infrastructural needs of academic institutions in Africa. Partner with us and let's fix some schools by renovating classrooms, building libraries and providing electricity and computers.

Contact us to learn more or partner on this programme.
Books by African Authors

Many African writers struggle to publish and get their books sold globally. Books2Africa supports the research and literary publications of African authors through the Books From Africa platform. Any author of African decent or their publisher who want to promote their book can contact us to be listed on the Books From Africa web page and be promoted to our vast network of supporters. Books are reviewed before being added to the page.

Contact us to learn more or partner on this programme.

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