I would like to bring your attention
to a project I co-founded with Prof. John Clarke of Boston University, MA. It’s called “Astro Book Drive”
- mainly focuses on improving Astronomy Education in Developing Countries. There are many small astronomy
societies in these countries run by amateur astronomers. They conduct plenty of programs throughout the year and the participation
is immense, from kids in early age to adults. But lack of resources always comes against having a good education or conducting
a program. There are plenty of excess reading materials lying in our offices or the libraries with no one to get use
of them. These reading materials worth a lot for the students and educators in developing countries.
Astro Book Drive How does it work?
Book Drive” will be contacting various donors around the world who are interested in getting involved with the project.
And same time we will select astronomy clubs from developing countries that would deserve to have such a donation to improve
the knowledge. Once a party agrees to run a book drive, we will assign them to a particular astronomy club. The donors
will send the materials directly to the club. There will be a follow up for the donated materials to keep track of how
they are used and to put them into best practices.
How to run a book drive
Personally or with a group you can get involve. There are few ways to run a book drive. *You
might already have plenty of astronomy books and magazines which you are looking for a safe home to be donated. If so, you
can personally run a book drive yourself. *If you are affiliated to an astronomy department or an institution, you can get
the undergraduates to run a book drive as a project. *If you are affiliated with an association, you can run a book drive
by collecting materials from the members. This could be done easily through your regular meetings, email list or the newsletter.
For more info on “getting involve” please visit http://astrodrive.lakdiva.net/involve/
What to donate?
You can donate any reading materials
such as college text books, back issues of magazines (Sky&Telescope, Astronomy, etc…), even you can gift them a
What would be the cost?
shipping of books could cost moderate price. The donating party would need to cover the shipping cost. Please note that these
societies we are trying to help here are in no position to cover any shipping cost themselves. The cost of shipping and
related expenses would have to cover by the donor itself. But please don’t let you not run a Book Drive simply because
you can’t cover the cost of shipping. Donating reading materials would mean a lot to students coming from developing
countries as they lack many resources to get a proper education.
Why you should
run a book drive?