With literacy rates in Sub-Saharan Africa some of the lowest in the world, it is not surprising that the region is struggling to achieve its development goals. A movement in many countries toward free public education is having a positive effect, but local and national governments remain vastly under-resourced when it comes to providing textbooks and other reading materials for schools. Many teachers are not well versed in effective literacy training techniques, largely due to a virtual nonexistence of books.
Despite the potential for community libraries to fill this gap, there is little to no public funding available, leaving entire communities with no free access to books or other kinds of valuable information. Under the Reading Tree and its partners collaborate to help communities build, stock and grow libraries that lead to greater educational opportunities, the exchange of ideas, imagination and a simple love for reading.