There are many reasons why we chose Zambia for the first Book Bus project. Zambia has a rich linguistic heritage of over 70 indigenous languages, however English is understood by most of the population. Learning English is essential to get a well -paid stable job in Zambia. We also wanted to work in a community where there was a clear need and the potential to make a difference. Zambia is one of the world’s poorest, least developed countries.
All our development projects have been carefully chosen to satisfy several criteria. They are of definable and sustainable benefit to the local community and allow us the opportunity to work in tandem with the people of Zambia. Our work with schools is developed in partnership with local communities and the education authority. The Book Bus development projects are over-seen by a resident Project Manager whose role is to co-ordinate the key stake holders, the funding and the project's objectives.
Funding for the projects comes directly from our Charity. Accommodation throughout the project is in a locally-owned, comfortable and safe campsite. Our day to day living budget will be spent by the team at local "grass roots" level. Supporting the Book Bus project is a unique opportunity to experience a different culture and to truly make a difference to people’s lives.
The Book Bus Foundation employs local staff in Zambia. Those that are employed are paid a locally competitive wage, with benefits for them and their dependents in terms of income, opportunities and choice. We are part of the community wherever we operate buying food locally and involving ourselves in the wider community where we are invited to.
We are about sharing skills and this is where our international volunteers can have a positive impact by sharing knowledge, skills and experience with local communities, and vice versa.
Donations of books and teaching and learning materials, and funding for the construction of classroom reading corners, are a second major strand of the Book Bus Foundation’s activities. This more material support has the potential to positively impact on teaching and learning outcomes in recipient school in the short and longer term.
The Book Bus Foundation invests in capacity building through local employment, teacher support workshops and hands on training of local volunteers. We collaboratively devise ways in which Book Bus Foundation activities can more effectively complement and be integrated into teaching and learning programmes in the projects' schools.