Books for In­done­sia

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A toi­let pa­per man­u­fac­turer is af­ter old books for re­cy­cling – not into toi­let rolls, but to send to learn­ing cen­tres in In­done­sia.

Kiwi tis­sue maker Cot­ton­soft is ask­ing school com­mu­ni­ties to do­nate ex­cess books for its Books for Change pro­gramme.

The col­lected books will be shipped from New Zealand to de­serv­ing chil­dren abroad early next year.

In­ter­me­di­ate school stu­dents in Auck­land are be­ing asked for ‘‘ age and cul­ture ap­pro­pri­ate’’ books that will be de­liv­ered to learn­ing cen­tres lo­cated in Malang, Mo­jok­erto, Si­doarjo and Per­awang – where they are in short sup­ply.

In Oc­to­ber, best­selling New Zealand au­thor Justin Brown vis­ited the Per­awang learn­ing cen­tre as part of his role as cham­pion for the cam­paign.

He took some of his own ti­tles to the stu­dents there and blogged about his ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘The li­brary had fic­tion and non-fic­tion ti­tles in In­done­sian, Ja­panese and English. The shelves were [maybe] half-full, with plenty of room for more ti­tles,’’ he wrote.

The pro­gramme runs un­til Fe­bru­ary, when two schools that have do­nated the most books will each re­ceive an iPad.

Con­tact Del­yse Di­ack: del­yse@ alexan­der­comms.co.nz or phone 522 5546.

Cul­tural ex­change: Justin Brown, back left, with Dar­ragh Bren­nan and some of the stu­dents from Per­awang learn­ing cen­tre in In­done­sia. Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz to see more of Justin Brown’s ex­pe­ri­ences in In­done­sia.

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