Children’s charity donates money to encourage children to learn how to read

Sheerin Ramjan, assistant headteacher of The Olive School; Alison Hubert, director of Book Aid Inter

Sheerin Ramjan, assistant headteacher of The Olive School; Alison Hubert, director of Book Aid International; Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney; Julie Bradley, executive headteacher, Yasmin Choudhry, headteacher and Natalie Donovan, English consultant, all of The Olive School - Credit: Archant

A Hackney school has donated money to a book charity to help motivate and inspire young readers in the developing world.

The Olive School in Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, handed over £50,000, on behalf of children’s charity Tauheedul Relief Trust, to Book Aid International last Thursday.

The money will be used to establish portable libraries in primary schools across Pemba Island, Zanzibar and Tanzania.

Kam Kothia, chairman of the Tauheedul Trust, said: “At Tauheedul, we are passionate about making a difference to the lives of children through education.

“The Zanzibar School Library Box programme is an example of how our partnership will enhance the lives of thousands of children and young people.”

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The charity hopes that their work with Book Aid International will encourage more children in Africa to learn how to read.

Since 2010, Book Aid International has provided 30 schools across Zanzibar with their own “school library in a box” as well as training 60 teachers to manage the libraries.

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Director of Book Aid International, Alison Hubert, said Tauheedul Trust’s support will enable them to work with Zanzibar Library Service to extend the current programme.

This will begin with 10 more schools in the Wete District of Pemba Island, which is one of the poorest areas of Zanzibar.

Jules Pipe, elected Mayor of Hackney, said: “I applaud the generosity of members of the Hackney community who have contributed to this worthwhile international project.”

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