Bridging the Book Gap: Innovative Ideas About the Book Supply Chain

Bridging the Book Gap: Innovative Ideas About the Book Supply Chain

I was opportune to attend the attended the World Book Day Event organized by Global Book Alliance. The theme of the event was, ‘Bridging the Book Gap: Innovative Ideas About the Book Supply Chain’. The Guest Speakers of the day, Jeongmin Lee, PhD, Christabel Pinto, and Penelope Bender shared some great insights from which are learned several things on making books available to children globally.

There are various strategies through which books can be made available to children worldwide. Making books available to children is key in their journey to literacy skill acquisition. It is indeed true that readers are leaders. When children have books at their disposal, they are able to thrive effectively wherever they find themselves.

Let’s learn some great insights from the techniques used to improve Primary-Level Book Supply Chain Systems in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Honduras. Cambodia makes use of the Digital Track and Trace (TnT) tool. It is a digital system for ordering textbooks and tracking orders and distribution in real-time. It saves time and resources, it enhances faster delivery, and it improves transparency and accountability. Honduras has been utilizing Staff Capacity Development to make books accessible. Rwanda engages in Multilateral Partnerships with the Government (Local government, Ministry of Education, Rwanda Education Board, etc.), Implementing Organizations (Chemonics, Save the Children, etc.), International Funders(USAID, FCDO, Word Bank, UNICEF), Private Industries (Rwanda Children’s Books Organization, Freelance Writers), Schools and Local Communities (Parents and Guardians, Opinion Leaders, Learners).

These partnerships have led to improved relevance in title content, improved book availability and accessibility, and enhanced book use and reading culture. As literacy advocates, we must also make sure to make books available by establishing libraries, training teachers to engage in read-aloud sessions and conversations about books, publishing books that are worth reading, and building a community of readers. Indeed, not all books are worth reading by children.

This is why we must all learn the art of filtering every material at the disposal of children around us. Every book must have a positive impact on the physical, emotional, and mental development of readers. Parents, teachers, educators, and all stakeholders must be on the lookout for this. It is also pertinent that children learn to read at home to close the global book gap. This can be achieved by increasing the number and quality of books children are exposed to before they start school, helping families develop children’s oral language and pre-reading skills, increasing reading practice among primary school children, and making them independent readers. One crucial aspect of the development of reading culture among children is having literate adults around them. Kids who have literate parents or guardians around them will experience more speedy literacy skill acquisition than those who have uneducated parents or guardians around them.

Every effort of the teacher to teach effective reading, writing, and communication in class will be well complemented by parents and guardians who have acquired basic literacy skills. Thus, in our bid to have children who are able to achieve their full potential, let us also not shy away from educating their parents if need be. As much as we are passionate about the alarming growing rate of global illiteracy, parental investment is a key factor that must be considered by literacy advocates and specialists around the world.

Abiodun Okanlawon

Author: Abiodun Olowoyo
Sun Books Program Leader

Bridging the Book Gap: Innovative Ideas About the Book Supply Chain

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