I have been researching these programs where people get together and send books to developing countries to improve literacy. It is often American programs sending books to Africa. The benefits are said to be two fold: saving books from landfill which is good for the environment and helping kids learn to read.
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I think it is really important that we try to reuse things and keep items which can be used by others out of landfill. On this premise i am totally in-support of these programs, in regards to improving literacy i have some questions.
I am still undecided. Don't kids want to read in their own languages? If we send books to countries in English and all kids learn is English, isn't this a mild form of globalisation? Maybe globalisation isn't the right word, maybe it is colonialism or maybe there isn't a word for it. I am curious to know what other people think about encouraging everyone to speak English. Would it be better to save the shipping money and source children's books in other languages?
My family and i cleaned out our storage on the weekend and we have a box of 200 children's books sitting here. I want to do something with them to avoid adding to the landfill problem and if there are children out there who will benefit from them I will send them. So the thing i am most curious about is do Nepali children really want to read books in English? And 2nd is it of any benefit to them to have English books filling up their school libraries and homes?