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Bookbridge is a charity which aims to improve children’s access to education in developing countries, giving them a way out of the poverty they are born into.

It does this by establishing education centres, training teachers and supplying schools with books. Bookbridge works with Scouts in Germany (where the charity is based), the USA and the UK. They send used children’s books to schools who are teach English to their students, but can’t afford the resources to do it.

You can find out more on the Bookbridge website

What does Bookbridge do?

Bookbridge arranges the collection of English language children’s and youth books, and sends them to education centres in developing countries, in which they help build libraries of English language books and train teachers how to teach English.

How can Scouts help?

Organise a book collection. In June 2011 Scouts across the UK collected 75,000 books to help children in Cambodia.This led to the creation of new education centres in Takeo and Siam Reap. From 2 to 15 July 2012 we’d like to collect even more books.

Your Scout meeting place could become a collection point for your section. All you need to do is ask young people to donate their unwanted books between 2 and 15 July, then arrange for them to be sent to, or collected by, Bookbridge.

Register for the 2012 book collection

What do UK Scouts get out of it?

To help young people understand why they are donating their old books there are a number of programme ideas available on Programmes Online. Just search 'bookbridge' in the activity search.

I want to help!

If you would like to take part, please email Daisy Charlton for more information.


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