At The Literate Earth Project we believe that literacy is truly at the core of human development, and it is our responsibility to provide developing countries with books, libraries, and literacy education. We believe in harnessing the power of a community. We collaborate with communities to create, equip, and staff our libraries. By building community investment we create a foundation for continued success. To date we have built 16 libraries, the largest network in Uganda.
Despite it being one of the most developed nations in Africa, many Ugandans live a life that few of us can imagine - with children walking many miles to school and teachers who hand copy textbooks to ensure there are enough for their students. Even if schools are fortunate enough to have books, they are usually kept under lock and key. We can all remember the excitement and wonder of reading as a child, and it is troubling to realize that most Ugandan students have never even touched a book.
We firmly believe in providing our communities with the support necessary to sustain continued growth and development of libraries and literacy programs. We do this through providing training to communities, teachers, and staff that enable them to fully utilize the libraries as sources of information and learning.
Through partnerships with local publishers, government officials, educators and other nonprofits we are able to customize the content within libraries to ensure that students have access to books that are relevant to both their education and culture. This allows The Literate Earth Project to have direct impact on the quality of education school age children receive.