14 Canadians to Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to Support Literacy Programs in Tanzania

Children’s Book Project for Tanzania one of the beneficiaries

Dar es Salaam, June 27, 2014 ­ On July 1st, a team of 14 Canadians begun a nine-day expedition to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and back, all in support of CODE’s literacy programs for children and youth in Tanzania and three other African countries.

Programs implemented in close collaboration with The Children’s Book Project for Tanzania (CBP), CODE’s local partner in the country, will benefit from proceeds of the climb, as will other literacy programs ran by CODE in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mali.  So far, close to $200,000 CAD have been raised.

In Tanzania, CODE and CBP are currently working in 50 schools in the Kongwa District in Dodoma Region.  CODE’s comprehensive readership initiative, Reading Tanzania, aims to ensure that children have access to high-quality, relevant books written in languages they understand, and that their teachers have the skills they need to use those books effectively in their classrooms. CODE’s Tanzanian program helps build school and community library collections across the country, while supporting the growth and development of a local publishing industry.

To date, CODE has supported the publishing of more than 290 titles in the country ­ mostly in Kiswahili ­ ranging from early readers to more advanced informational texts. In the last five years alone, over 215,000 books were distributed by the Children’s Book Project to school and community libraries across Tanzania.

For more information:

In Tanzania

Pilli Dumea
Executive Secretary
Children's Book Project for Tanzania
(255) 713  441138
In Canada

Dominique Naud
Communications Manager
1-800-661-2633 ext. 252

About CODE

With 55 years of evolving success, CODE is Canada’s leading international development agency uniquely focused on advancing literacy and education in some of the world’s regions in greatest need.  By acting to establish and ignite engaging learning environments through the development and publishing of locally authored and designed children books, training teachers and teacher-librarians, resourcing libraries as well as distributing significant numbers of high quality reading materials, CODE focuses on inspiring young minds to improve their literacy and comprehension with the hope that they become critical thinkers and life-long learners all in working towards nurturing a literate civil society.

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