As of 2018, Nigeria’s literacy rate was recorded at a concerning 62.02%, which is the lowest recorded literacy rate of all countries Sun Books operates in. Since 2019, Sun Books has been running a pilot project in Nigeria, with the goal to improve these statistics and offer better opportunities to children in regional and remote classrooms.
Our work in Nigeria focuses on young girls through projects targeting primary students with the aim of fostering a love of reading and promoting basic literacy skills. The Ireti Girls Primary School a public school located in Lagos, and it is the first school in Nigeria to use Sun Books tablets.
With our partners from the Dream School Foundation, Sun Books aims to scale the project to other schools and villages in the region. Dena Grushkin, an experienced teacher and key leader in this location, training teachers and students in literacy skills.
At Sun Books, we understand that literacy does not only involve reading strategies but also writing strategies. Along with reading material, we encourage teachers and students to write stories about their personal experiences to add more culturally local content to the tablets. We are proud to have some of their stories in our collection and we expect to keep growing with this initiative in the years to come.