Science Library

  • P Project/Program

Key Information

This project all began with the generous donations of English and French books - as well as several educational toys - at Greenlight for girls events around the world. Soon this became an initiative whose goal was to inspire a child to be curious and start thinking about science even in the most impoverished areas. This was truly a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate that science is everywhere in everything we do. It also enabled the creation of bridges in our international community, as the book exchange provides a learning experience for both the donor and the recipient in another part of the world. By donating books to their peers living in less developed countries there is benefit on both sides of the world. It was June 2012 that the first batch of books was sent to Cameroon by a passionate group of greenlight for girl’s volunteers in Brussels in partnership with Boston University Brussels, while another group in the United States sent books and educational toys to India. At every one of our events today, girls are encouraged to bring a book that they read (or would like to read) and that they think would be meaningful to a girl their age in the developing world. They then make inscriptions in the books, such as, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams, ” in order to give the science books a personal and encouraging touch. As we develop partnerships in various parts of the world, we identify library needs for children. At this moment, we have partners in Cameroon, India, Senegal, South Africa and Greece who work with orphanages and educating children in less-advantaged communities. For these type of organisations, their “science library” is a central room in their school or facility in which all the children can borrow books when needed. We are already looking to expand to Uganda and Morocco.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


2012 -


Cameroon, Greece, India, Senegal, South Africa


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Government Affiliation


Ministry Affiliation


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Literacy

Cross-cutting areas

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Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school)


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School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

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Other populations reached

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Participants include

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Program Approaches Back to Top

Increased availability of learning materials

  • Increased availability of Fiction/non-fiction books (paper)

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased literacy

Cross-cutting goals

  • Increased agency and empowerment