Dr Precious Sango

Director of Education

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 for disabled and non-disabled students in Africa. Precious promotes the work of the charity at conferences and events such as Africa Writes.

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). 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 was formerly a consultant at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling and is currently the Centre Director of the International School of Disability Studies (ISDS).

Precious is a food enthusiast.

University

PhD, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
SSPSSR/Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, 2016

MA, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
SSPSSR/Tizard Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, 2012

BSc, Psychology
School of Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury, 2011

Other

HEA Fellow, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE).
Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, University of Kent, Canterbury, 2014

Academic Skills

Reading
Writing
Teaching and public speaking
Research
Editing

IT Skills

Microsoft Office
Nvivo
SPSS

Other Skills

Grant/bid writing
Talking maths
British Sign Language

Language Skills

English
Igbo
Italian

Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

A quick update about what Books2Africa is doing in response to these uncertain times caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and supporters. Key to this is following government recommendations closely. Thankfully no suspected cases of COVID-19 have been reported amongst our staff and volunteers. Our Processing Centre in Canterbury is still operational and well stocked with the enough books and resources to ship to Africa.

Please read our updates below on steps taken to minimise the risk to staff, volunteers and supporters.

  • Public Book Collections Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending our collection service for book donations by members of the public in the UK. Although this will affect our book donation numbers, it would reduce the workload on our paid staff who continue to work during this difficult period to ensure the charity remains operational. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Warehouse Volunteering Suspended: Effective today, we are suspending all volunteering work at the Processing Centre in Canterbury. This means all our UK and International Volunteers are no longer allowed to come into the Canterbury site. Although this will affect our processing and sorting capacity, it makes it easier for us to enforce government advise on social distancing and minimise the risk to paid staff who continue to work normal hours, ensuring our charity shop remains operational and shipments to Africa are dispatched. This will be reviewed at the end of Easter on 14th April 2020.

  • Online Volunteering: During this suspension of warehouse volunteering, we will be assigning all our volunteers to our Education Team to work on a variety of fundraising tasks online. To this end, all our International Volunteers are required to attend an online Skype meeting with our Director of Education on Wednesday 25th March at 9:30 am. UK volunteers who would like to join in can also email [email protected] to indicate their interest in order to receive further instructions on joining the meeting.

 

 
Finally a word of encouragement – Do not be afraid, stay safe and continue to have faith that this will soon pass. 
  • The strictest hygiene standards are being followed at our Processing Centre, with hand sanitisers, disinfectant sprays, plastic gloves and posters reminding staff, volunteers and supporters to wash their hands regularly and wipe their work surfaces.

 

  • No contact deliveries: Couriers delivering boxes to the Processing Centre will no longer require you to sign by hand on delivery. Rather, they are advised to enter your initials.

 

  • Drop-offs and tours suspended: From next week, drop-off appointments by members of the public will be suspended until further notice. Until then, staff and volunteers are advised to receive deliveries without contact and avoid giving members of the public tours of the Processing Centre.

 

We appreciate your understanding as the situation evolves and reassure you that we will take necessary steps to ensure your safety whilst trying to also fulfil our charitable objectives. If you need any support or advice, you can send us an email [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support and do subscribe to our coronavirus updates if you want to be remain updated.
Books2Africa UK Team

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Shipping and delivering 1 million books every year
involves the following:

Volume
  • 20,000 books fit in 1 x 20ft container
  • 1,000,000 books fit in 50 x 20ft containers
  • 4 x 20ft containers shipped monthly
Costs
  • £5,000 to process, ship and clear each container of 20,000 books
  • £20,000 delivers 4 containers monthly
Fundraising Target
  • 2,000 individuals giving £10 or more monthly, or 50 corporate partners sponsoring 1 container per year. Thank you.

30%

Processing in the UK

30%

Freight from the UK

40%

Clearing and haulage in Africa

Books2Africa is a UK registered charity number 1152599