One in six adults around the world come through childhood unable to read and write, mainly due to a lack of books and opportunity to read. The Book Bus was founded by publisher Tom Maschler with the aim of making books accessible to disadvantaged children to encourage reading and therefore be able to make more choices about their own lives.
In 2008 the Book Bus began delivering books to schools in Zambia and working with children to inspire them to read. Ten years on and they have opened reading schemes in Zambia, Malawi, and Ecuador where over 100,000 children now have books that are relevant and accessible to read.
ASE Consulting is proud to support this worthwhile initiative in 2016. The Book Bus has an amazing vision: helping children develop literacy skills for life-long development – arguably one of the most fundamental foundations of a sound education.
The Book Bus will focus on improving child literacy in Zambia (at 3 sites), Malawi, India and Ecuador (1 site each) by providing communities with mobile library facilities and volunteer storytellers to inspire them to read.
Each Book Bus and its volunteers supports a cluster of five schools for up to 3 months. This includes weekly visits and teacher support workshops, working with up to 800 children per cluster.