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Over 33% of South Africans are functionally illiterate and SA has been rated as one of the 10 worst countries in the world, in terms of literacy. - Mail & Guardian

Social change is brought about through literacy, and promoting literacy is a crucial component of effective strategies to address human rights, economic development and health care issues throughout the nearly 50 nations that comprise sub-Saharan Africa.

Literacy is one of the only opportunities that children have to break the cycle of poverty and attain social upliftment. Books are at the foundation of a strong educational system and most children in Africa who attend school have never owned their own book.

Unfortunately, today many schools across the [African] continent remain in need, and millions of children and adults are still without access to books and the tools to reach their full potential. - Kofi Annan