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Law books to Malawi

08 October 2013 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland, working in conjunction with the Scottish based charity Books Abroad, has sent over two and a half tonnes of (law) books to the Malawi Law Society.

The four pallets of books, equivalent in weight to that of a female elephant, were donated by law firms, the Crown Office and legal academics. The trunk load of books will find a permanent home in the Malawi Law Society library, where they will be used by members of the legal profession and law students.

The Society approached Books Abroad after becoming aware of the shortage of legal textbooks in Malawi. Books Abroad, based in Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, is a charity that helps to educate children and adults worldwide by sending free books to developing countries. The charity, in conjunction with the Society, coordinated the book drive. Law firms DWF Biggart Baillie, Tods Murray and the Crown Office all donated a substantial number of books.

Katie Hay, International Officer at the Law Society of Scotland, said: "I had the opportunity to visit Malawi earlier this year and was made aware by colleagues at the law society there that they would really benefit from a delivery of good quality law books. I put a call out to members and received a great response. 

"This is just one of a number of areas we have identified where we think we might be able to offer our colleagues in Malawi some assistance. We have already provided them with some content for their journal and we hope to contribute to their continuing professional development programme as well. 

"Books Abroad is a terrific charity and we have really benefitted from the experience they have sending large quantities of books to Africa, among other destinations."

ENDS                                                                                                 7 OCTOBER 2013

Notes to editors

Books Abroad promotes literacy, education and understanding, which provide the means of a sustainable escape route from the plight of poverty. They recycle used books by sending them to schools and other institutions in developing countries. Information on how to donate to Books Abroad can be found on their website.

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08 October 2013

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