Africa Bookcase started on a very small scale in 1997, giving talks to schools in the East Anglia region of the UK. The talks were informal and contained large elements of audience participation. In exchange for these talks the schools kindly provided us with their second hand textbooks and the money to ship them to Africa. These were vetted for suitability and then shipped by container. On arrival they were distributed to schools by our partners at Compusmart.
Now, trading as Gemin-i.org, we have grown away from books and now build innovative web based solutions to improve education in developing and developed worlds. As an organisation we work at bridging cultural, religious and digital divides between disparate peoples around the world. We also specialise in using technology to give a voice to those who rarely have one, raising their concerns with policy makers and ensuring they are adequately represented. To date, we have run dozens of projects in over 30 countries across the world and involving tens of thousands of pupils.