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Books for Hope

12 months - 12 school libraries: Our book donation program to rural schools' libraries

Books for Hope
Books for Hope
Books for Hope

The Books for Hope initiative started back in 2018 while trekking the Dilijan National Park and experiencing homestays in villages along the way, we discussed the lack of access to extracurricular books. Since 2018, we regularly purchase in Yerevan, a variety of genres: novels, classics, translations, reference books, and donate them to rural schools across Armenia.

In 2023, we formalised our partnership with Teach for Armenia. Our successful collaboration consists of TfA choosing schools where they place Teacher-Leaders who would draw with their pupils a list of 50 to 70 books that they wish to read. TfA chose 1 school every month totaling 12 schools per year from January to December, Oxford Armenia Foundation purchases the books on the wishlists and donates them to rural schools' libraries.

Gifting books to rural schools makes the teaching staff, the children, and the wider community they live in, empowered to explore new ideas or deepen existing interests. Through years of book donations, we remain astonished by the sheer enthusiasm of young readers when they discover hard copies of books they are longing to read but never had the chance to access.

In Armenia, rural schools are hit by extreme poverty, ongoing border conflicts, and the lack of subject-specific teachers making regular and quality education a daily challenge. In these difficult conditions, it is always heartwarming to experience the excitement of children opening and exploring the variety of new engaging books.

Moreover, Oxford Armenia Foundation is collecting feedback from young readers in the form of book reviews. We are aiming to build a nationwide online book-reviewing system where young readers can share their views and debate ideas.

Our 2024 crowdfunding aims to cover the cost of book procurement for 12 rural school libraries for a yearly total of 600 to 800 books.

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