The Plan

The 1Child, 1Book project is a Tosin Jegede Foundation initiative. The mission: to put a book in the hands of every primary school child in Nigeria, starting in 2011 with Lagos State.

Objectives

  • Give every primary school child an age-appropriate book.
  • To encourage creative thinking and inspire young minds.
  • To build an early foundation for the enjoyment of reading.
  • Establish a sustainable book exchange programme.
We have chosen to start with Lagos State for the following reasons:
  • Higher school density.
  • Low initial cost (due to proximity to port, etc.).
  • Experience working with a local government.

"It's not necessarily that they can't read; it's that they've got nothing to read."

Strategy and Execution

1) We will source the books from charitable organisations and individuals, including Nigerian authors and publishers.

2) Once our internationally-sourced books have been received in Nigeria, we will transport them to our warehouse where they will be sorted with our Nigeria-sourced books, ready for final distribution across Lagos State. where they will be organised, alongside Nigeria-sourced books, and prepared for final distribution across Lagos State.

3) Our trucks will deliver the books to schools in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

4) Once the books have reached their designated school, they will be distributed to the children.

5) A selection of books will be placed in the 'Reading Corner', which we will create in the schools.

6) Give children the opportunity to exchange their books by swapping with books in the 'Reading Corner'.

7) Children will be encouraged to sign their name on the inside front cover of the books to create a legacy of participation for future readers.

A Closer Look

1) We rely on organisations and individuals to raise the 445,044 books we require to ensure every child in Lagos State receives a book. Our friends at Books for Africa have generously donated numerous books and independent authors have pledged a selection of their own titles. Rather than spending our finances inefficiently by collecting and transporting small numbers of books from individuals, we would like individuals to donate money to fund the transportation of the large number (tens of thousands) of books that organisations have already pledged to us.

2) Many organisations and authors have pledged books to the 1Child 1Book project and await us to transport them to Lagos State for distribution. The process of transporting internationally-sourced books involves grouping 22,000 books into a 40ft container for shipment, priced at nearly 12000 USD. We will then need truck(s) to collect the books from Lagos port for delivery at our warehouse where they will be sorted prior to distribution. We will use the same truck(s) and warehouse for collecting and holding of books from Nigerian sources.

3) Our truck(s) will be then be used to distribute appropriate books to schools. We are continually working to ensure our delivery methods are economical and will distribute to schools based upon their geographical location along predetermined routes.

4) Once books have been delivered to the school, pupils will be presented with the books and be given a presentation on the importance of reading. This will include information about the 'Reading Corner' and book exchange programme. The details will be discussed with the relevant Local Government Authority and the Head Teacher in advance.

5) Many schools do not have libraries, so we have decided the best option would be to provide a 'Reading Corner' in designated classrooms. This would allow easy access to the books for the students and have a low additional cost.

6) Once a student has finished their book, we would like them to be encouraged to continue reading by exchanging their book with one in the Reading Corner. This will give each child greater access to a variety of books provided and help teach them the values of sharing and communication, by discussing their books with others.

7) By signing the inside cover of the book, we hope to show the child that the book belongs to them while it is in their hands. We also want to establish a legacy for each book, showing future readers how many people have been influenced by the book before them.