Books for Africa, Asia and the Caribbean

When There Are No Books…

Students attending many schools around the world have been faced with the challenge of learning and taking exams without any science equipment or books. Even in regions with an infrastructure of classrooms and teachers, students have to cope with utterly inadequate resources and training.

GLP targets under-resourced regions. In theory, every school should be provided by its national government with sufficient qualified teachers and suitable resources. In practice, throughout the developing world (and for historically disenfranchised groups in even well off areas), schools are given very limited resources and are highly understaffed.

Many schools, such as in the African and South Asia areas we serve, are forced to source out and pay for their own, often unqualified, teachers. They raise funds through community fundraising and by collecting school fees. If they fall short then they must go without resources completely.


What Many Students Face…

No Books
Throughout their primary and high school experiences students rarely have access to textbooks. On many occasions there may be only one textbook per classroom, used only by the teacher.

Absence of Science Equipment
In the areas we reach out to, students invariably have to sit national exams. Most are required to demonstrate some science capability yet students will probably have only watched a science experiment, yet they must then show mastery of science laboratory work in order to pass the national examinations.

Gender Inequalities
In such environments, and especially where resources are scarce for a family, there remains a strong preference towards educating boys. If a family can no longer afford to send all of its children to school, it will frequently be the girls of the family who are neglected.