Do Books Matter? The Role of the Book in Addressing the Global Learning Crisis

Do Books Matter? The Role of the Book in Addressing the Global Learning Crisis

14 Mar 2017, 16:00 - 17:00

Children's Hub (1F11)


Despite an increase in school enrolment in recent years, 130 million children still attend four or more years of school and leave without basic foundational skills in literacy and numeracy. Moreover, 263 million children and youth are still not in school globally.

There is still much to be done in terms of getting more children into school and improving the quality of education. While there is great need to address the worldwide shortage of well-trained teachers and to build more schools, there is also a valid argument that governments should make book purchase a priority.

Studies show that learning aids including books have the most impact in learning outcomes for primary school children in developing countries. Yet in many schools, children share one old book between many.

How can this be addressed? Should investment focus on providing Open Access as opposed to physical books? Are books really more important than more and better trained teachers?

Sharing evidence from their experience and research, global education company Pearson together with Book Aid International and the Global Book Alliance will demonstrate the vital role of books in supporting educational attainment and the ways organisations and governments can work together to invest in improving access to new, high quality and relevant books.



  • Luisa Gockel


    Social Impact Partnerships Manager


    Luisa is a business development and partnerships specialist with a background in journalism and social research. She has 17 years of experience in...

  • Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly


    Head of Education Policy & Advocacy at Save the Children and Chair of the Global Book Alliance

    Save the Children and the Global Book Alliance

    Joseph Nhan-O'Reilly is Head of Education Policy & Advocacy at Save the Children, the world's largest independent child rights organisation, where he...

  • Samantha Thomas-Chuula


    Head of Programmes

    Book Aid International

    As Head of Programmes, Samantha leads the development and management of Book Aid International’s book provision programme and the organisation’s...

  • Amanda Buchan



    International Education Partners

    Brought up and educated in Africa, the Middle East and the South Pacific, Amanda finished her education in England and worked in the Foreign Office,...

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