READ International donates millionth book to African schools

READ International donates millionth book to African schools

READ International has donated its millionth book to schools in East Africa, with Usborne Publishing m.d. Peter Usborne making the presentation with the Duchess of Cornwall.

Forty-three thousand of the books have been donated to the organisation by Usborne over the past two years, with the charity launching in 2005.

Usborne presented the book, an Usborne Children's Encyclopedia, to Tanzania's First Lady, Salma Kikwete, alongside the Duchess of Cornwall.

Usborne said: "I did my National Service in the fifties for 18 months in Tanganyika, as it was then called, before Zanzibar merged into it. I loved every second of it—massive freedom and vast landscapes . . . I've always gone around telling people that my time in Tanzania was the most exciting and enjoyable thing I've ever experienced, and I've always wondered what on earth I could do about it. Helping READ International seems an almost perfect solution, and I hope and expect it will grow."

READ International is a student-led charity working to improve access to educational resources in East Africa to help end poverty.