BookMySchool

Abdullahi Idris, or Mr Hero as he is called, started the BookMySchool campaign in Taraba state in North East Nigeria, to bridge the gap between teaching and learning in secondary schools across the country.

BookMySchool has been set up with the aim of improving the quality of education and learning in our secondary schools. It is my believe that with adequate learning resources such as textbooks, teaching and learning will ultimately improve in our schools.

For me, I realize that something as small as giving a textbook to a student can evolve into something greater than anybody has anticipated and also has the potential to be identified with by all and sundry.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

1. Identifying secondary schools that urgently need textbooks
2. Form partnerships with relevant stakeholders to acquire the textbooks and distribute them to schools.

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

Our objectives are achieved by identifying and forming relevant partnerships, such as with the Federal Ministry of Education, publishing companies, and stakeholders from both the public and private sector to include: government agencies, musicians, actors and support agencies, and other development institutions throughout the country.

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

1. The annual book walk to obtain books and form partnerships.
2. Book drives with private schools and individuals
3. Partnership with mentor organizations
4. Partnership with authors
5. Partnership with book donor organizations
6. Social media campaign

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

1. On May 2014, BookMySchool established a library and donated 358 textbooks plus furniture to Government Day Senior Secondary School Iware in Taraba State.

2. In May 2015 we managed to obtain 50,000 textbooks for 50 secondary schools across the country, which will be used by an estimated 10,500 students.

3. In December 2015 we donated 200 textbooks to Jesus only friend's orphanage library.

CHALLENGES FACED

1. Inadequate textbooks to distribute to schools
2. Inadequate funds to process the shipment of books to Nigeria from book donor organization
3. Lack of support from indigenous publishing companies
4. Inadequate means to transport the textbooks to the various schools.

LESSONS LEARNT

1. The corruption and crisis in our education sector is the biggest challenge in country.
2. Civil societies needs to form a strong coalition to support each other in making a positive impact.
3. There is widespread corruption and non-ethical practices among civil organizations
4. Government should provide adequate avenues for inclusive participation of civil societies in the implementation of its programs and policies.

COUNTRY

Nigeria

CITY

Abuja

WEBSITE

http://www.bookmyschool.org

FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/bookmyschool

TWITTER PAGE

https://twitter.com/BookMySchool