Herefordshire school raises over 400 book donations for schools in Africa

Published on: 9th March 2023

A Primary School in the village of Colwall, part of Hereford Diocese, celebrated World Book Day, raising over 400 books to donate to schools across Africa.

The true meaning of World Book Day is 'celebrating and promoting books'.  The children at Colwall School embraced the celebration theme and decided to mark the day by supporting others.

“We are very grateful for the large number of donated books we received from residents in and around our village school.  Some of the children also provided book donations.

“The project helped us to build on existing links with our community and gave everyone a chance to give something to others.“ says Alex Paynter, English Lead of Colwall Primary School.

He adds: “My belief as readers is that we have a role in the world to share this joy with others.  I pitched the idea to the staff before presenting it to the children.  We then worked together to complete a flyer drop around the village and local businesses.

“I never expected this level of response! Over 400 books ready to go to those who will benefit from them most is the true spirit of World Book Day – what an achievement.”

The donated books will be sent to the processing centre in Luton at some point before July and from there they will be sent to schools across Nigeria, Malawi and Zambiaby the end of 2023 where hopefully others will enjoy reading them.

To find out more details about this project, please get in touch via email with Alex Paynter  




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