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Textbooks for Africa


Books for AricaIn 2014 Gamma Theta Upsilon chapters provided leadership for a successful book drive called "Textbooks for Ethiopia."  The GTU Executive Committee will continue this effort in 2017 through an initiative called "Textbooks for Africa" that will benefit students within a larger number of countries.  


How to Affiliate Your Chapter with Textbooks for Africa

Becoming an affiliate chapter is easy.  Please click below to download a poster that can be displayed at various campus locations.  Each affiliate chapter should identify a chapter officer to manage the book collection effort and arrange for campus drop-off locations.  As donations arrive, GTU members sort, package, and ship books to the Atlanta warehouse operated by GTU's partner organization, Books for Africa (BFA).


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Note that a large number of courses at African colleges and universities are taught in English.  In addition to geography, the subject areas in most need are social sciences, humanities, technology, business, natural sciences, engineering, biological sciences, and agriculture (but other textbooks are also welcome!).  Books more than 15 years old, magazines, academic journals, religious books, novels, paperback books, encyclopedias, and books focused on the U.S. (i.e. U.S. history or law) are not needed.    Chapters are responsible for covering the cost of shipping books to the BFA warehouse. 


Next Steps

You can start your Textbooks for Africa book drive immediately by posting signs on campus and establishing book drop off locations.  You may ship boxes at one time or as soon as they are filled (ask about "media mail" at your post office – it's about $20 per 50 lbs of books). 


For information on where to send textbooks collected at your school, go to


We invite you to share a photo of your chapter members collecting and boxing books to help African students. Add ideas for how you promoted Textbooks for Africa to the GTU Facebook page  If your chapter plans to participate in this nationwide project please contact Randy Bertolas ([email protected] or 402-375-7018).