On Saturday, 14 April 2018, 40+ volunteer professionals gathered at the Sunflower Learning Centre at Zonnebloem Primary School to create eight beautiful, new African storybooks in just 12 hours, to address the lack of access to culturally relevant books for young children in Africa.
Supported by Book Dash facilitators, editors, and lots of food and coffee, these incredible volunteers manage to complete a process that would usually take months. The best part? Everything created on the day is their gift to the world, and all the books produced can be read right here at bookdash.org. All the stories can also be downloaded, adapted, printed and shared in any way. Just remember to credit the creators, and link back to this site. Book Dash also commits to translating and printing these books, that are then given away for free to children who need them.
This event was particularly special for us, because we reached the 100 books milestone.
Watch a short clip from the event, filmed and edited by volunteer Kurt Mullins, below:
Recent studies show that that children who say they own a book are 15 times more likely to read above the level expected for their age than their peers who say they don’t own a book (28.8% vs 1.9%) and are four times less likely to read below the expected level (12.9% vs 48.1%).” (Book ownership and reading outcomes © National Literacy Trust 2017)
Read volunteer writer, Helen Moffett’s, account of the day here.
See photos by Sean Wilson from the event here:
Photo credit: Sean Wilson (http://www.seanwilson.co.za)
A huge thanks to the Otto Foundation Trust for sponsoring this wonderful event, and for making the beautiful Sunflower Learning Centre possible.