The Book Bus at work in Zambia and Malawi

The Book Bus in Africa - Zambia & Malawi

Zambia

The Book Bus in Zambia

The Book Bus began working in Zambia in 2008 with volunteer visits to five schools in Lusaka. Our reading scheme now reaches schools in Livingstone, South Luangwa and Meheba UNHCR Refugee Settlement.

Zambia Fact File:

Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa with a population of 13 million inhabitants. Zambia has 7 official local languages (although many more are spoken) however English is the universal language of education, business and government. Quoted literacy rates are 80% but in disadvantaged communities child literacy rates are considerably lower.

The Book Bus works with schools in Livingsone, South Luangwa and in Meheba UNHCR Refugee Settlement to supply books and encourage children to read. Our reading scheme is designed to compliment the local school curriculum to maximise our positive impact on child literacy.

Livingstone, Zambia Gallery

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  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia

South Luangwa Valley, Zambia Gallery

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  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in Livingstone, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia

  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia
  • The Book Bus in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Zambia Video

Book Bus volunteer and supporter Sunnah Khan's documentary highlights the need for education in Zambia.

Volunteering on the Book BusVisit the Book Bus Zambia Blog


Malawi

A Book Bus mobile library in Malawi

The Book Bus has been working in Malawi since 2010. We are based near Blantyre in the south of the country and work with a cluster of 10 rural schools in the area. We also run reading workshops with schools at Lake Malawi in conjunction with the Lake of Stars Festival.

Malawi Fact File:

Malawi borders Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. Malawi's population of 13 million inhabitants speak one or more of the country's 7 official local languages however English is the universal language of education, business and government. A huge imbalance between urban and rural poverty levels means that teaching staff and resources are in short supply throughout much of the country.. Quoted literacy rates are 74% but in rural communities child literacy rates are considerably lower.

The Book Bus works with schools in Blantyre and in the Shire Valley to supply books and encourage children to read. Our reading scheme is designed to compliment the local school curriculum to maximise our positive impact on child literacy.

Volunteering on the Book BusVisit the Book Bus Malawi Blog
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Whether you are a natural born volunteer or just want a holiday with a difference you can join the Book Bus as a volunteer and participate directly in the work that we do. It’s the dedicated work of our volunteers that makes the biggest difference to the children who we work with.
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