We are proud to announce that Libraries Without Borders is one of the four winners of the Roddenberry Prize. Every year, the U.S. based Roddenberry Foundation rewards the work of social organizations and entrepreneurs in the fields of education, environment, science, and humanity.
Libraries Without Borders received the $250,000 grant to foster youth employability in Senegal, especially in rural and suburban areas.
In West Africa, only four percent of young people attend college, not only because of financial and social constraints, but largely because of a severe shortage of places. In Senegal, for example, the capacity of universities is stretched thin, and not all qualified students can enroll.
Beyond the university, a large part of the population, especially in rural and suburban areas, is poorly connected to the Internet. The need for digital content – accessible offline – to be used in training, education and staying informed has never been greater.