The Course Hero Knowledge Drive has a simple yet powerful mission: to build a brighter academic future for students all over the world. To accomplish that, Course Hero joined forces with Books for Africa in November of 2010 and pledged to donate 1 book to a child abroad for every 10 academic documents contributed to CourseHero.com. With your help, and with the help of students and teachers across the globe, we are adding to the powerful academic resource we provide, while giving children in Africa the gift of education and the opportunity for a better quality of life.
for high school and college courses
for every 10 resources contributed
for sharing content!
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Course Hero selected Books for Africa as the partner for the Knowledge Drive because of its unrivaled commitment to the entire landscape of education. Books for Africa is the largest shipper of donated books to the African continent and has received the highest rating for a non–profit charity by Charity Navigator 12 times since 2002. In addition to their top rating, Books for Africa is ranked as one of the most efficient private charities in the country and is among the best at making sure that each donated dollar actually helps improve the lives of those that are being served and supported.
The Knowledge Drive is currently committed to the 1 Million Books for Gambia project which is working to build and provide books for a number of schools, libraries, and medical teaching facilities.
By supplying books and ensuring that they actually make it to these facilities, we can support and amplify long–lasting, sustainable change, instead of promoting broken short–term solutions or simply throwing money at problems and hoping they go away.
Books have an unrivaled ability to open a student’s mind to new ideas and possibilities. This leads to the challenging of existing stagnant social, economic, and political structures in struggling regions, which are severely in need of bright young minds to reform and strengthen them from the inside out.
After taking into account the curriculum and school plans that have been developed, books are provided to directly assist what is being taught in the classroom. Math, Science, and English are by far the most common subjects that are supported with textbooks, and the books provided are in English, as that is the official language of Gambia. Various other books, from children’s books to novels, are also provided to help support the range of each curriculum, and the children and students within them.
Yes! The Knowledge Drive is a representation of our total commitment to improving the entire educational landscape, both here and abroad. Beyond just providing great resources and donating books, we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to benefit the children and students we are supporting abroad.
One of Course Hero’s team members traveled to Gambia to help hand deliver 44,000 books to the schools, libraries, and medical facilities that we are working to support. The trip spanned the entire country, and the delivery team walked across a major portion of Gambia to deliver books and raise education awareness.
Course Hero hopes to make another trip again in the near future to help deliver even more books to the facilities that we are helping. We also want to view the progress that has been made and to see if there is any way we can do an even better job supporting education abroad. It is our hope that trips become a regular event and that our top interns and leaders are able to join us on our ventures abroad.
We think it’s best to let those involved speak for themselves! Below are just a handful of the amazing responses we received:
"Being a part of the Course Hero Knowledge Drive has been such a rewarding experience for me. The Knowledge Drive program is a win-win for everyone since I get to study more effectively while supporting a great cause. It is gratifying to know that my contribution, along with the contributions of my friends and classmates, have made a positive impact to improving the literacy rates of children in Africa." - Irene Lin, Texas A&M University
"As a member of the Course Hero team, I am honored to educate my fellow friends and students about the change that the Knowledge Drive is bringing to Africa and students abroad. I believe that this initiative sets Course Hero apart; knowing that my schoolwork is benefiting other students from Delaware as well as children across the world is an extraordinarily powerful and positive motivator to continue working hard for Course Hero and I am proud to be a part of this organization." - Emily Kazmac, University of Delaware
You can read the entire collection of responses and find many other Knowledge Drive articles here.
If you want to contribute your own academic materials and help donate books to children abroad, you can get started right away by heading over to our registration page. The Knowledge Drive is a completely philanthropic initiative and is completely free for you and your friends to support.
If you are interested in becoming a leader for the Knowledge Drive and joining our paid Professional Development Program, please apply here.
We love to answer questions and are thrilled to provide as much information as possible about this great initiative and the fantastic students and team members involved If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected] and we will get in touch.