Book Aid International Research Paper

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Why Donate to Book Aid International? We Americans for the past few years have enjoyed the benefits of our still advancing technological age. We have gotten so use to checking our phones, tablets, and laptops that the act of picking up a book and reading seems more like a monotonous chore rather than an enjoyable luxury. The organization Book Aid International accepts donated books and ships them to the less fortunate countries of South Africa. With the state of poverty and illiteracy South African’s countries are in, they need book way more than we do. During the years of Apartheid schools became segregated under a law called the Bantu Education Act of 1953. It harshly discriminated against black African students by teaching …show more content…
In the early 90’s, the idea that Africa could “leap-frog” to the same level as the rest of the world seemed unlikely. Mayuri Odedra was a Kenyan author and one of the few people who researched the effect of IT in Africa. She wrote, “It is painful to see an underutilized machine in a less developed country because somewhere in that country is someone with a great need who is crying out for a computer.” Now, technology started to become an integral part of Africa’s education as textbook cost increase. Costs increase because “…many countries […] settle for a set of standard textbooks that are widely used irrespective of the relevance of their content to diverse cultures”. For those countries that cannot afford to update as result of little or no government funding Book Aid International partners some of the most famous publishers of textbooks to provide the most up to date …show more content…
Poverty is prevalent and diseases are serious health serious health concern. Some children become orphaned as a result of parents inflicted with AIDs. Not to mention the climate of such poor conditions produces conflicts between the diverse ethnicities and religions living there. Book Aid International recognizes the power books have to motivate people to act and hopes that through their work they will give children and adults alike the tools they need to produce change. They work with orphanages, schools, and even prisons to give people the education they would not have received elsewhere. Vera Nazarian said, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” Americans have the luxury of choosing whether or not to read a book. For some countries in South Africa that means to go with or without an education, fulfillment, entertainment, and purpose. Book Aid International is invested in more than just providing books, they “open doors to literacy, learning and a lifetime of

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