Winter 2013

Books for Asia Updates

Texas Instruments Sponsors Book Donation in Malaysia

Texas Instruments (TI) has sponsored The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program to distribute 5,000 brand-new books to all secondary schools in the Malaysian state of Melaka and an additional 7,000 throughout Malaysia this year.

TI, which has operated a major facility in Kuala Lumpur for more than 40 years, recently expanded operations to Melaka.

Through the grant, these new books, dedicated to specific reading levels and subjects such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, were distributed to schools at a ceremony held at the Melaka state Educational Technology Division offices in October.

TI Melaka’s Managing Director Doug Wilson spoke about the company’s commitment to education. “At TI, we believe that supporting education today is critical to the success of our company and our communities tomorrow. By ensuring students have access to excellent materials and effective teaching we can help them excel in all subjects.”

OOCL Renews Books for Asia Partnership

For the second year running, Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), a leading international shipping and logistics company, will underwrite The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia’s shipping costs in delivering thousands of books to educational institutions in nine countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and peninsular and eastern Malaysia. The 2013 partnership will see the program expand to Burma (also known as Myanmar).

In 2012, the invaluable shipping support provided by OOCL enabled the Books for Asia program to deliver more than 330,000 books worth $15 million. This included transportation costs for the program’s Storytime in Asia campaign, which provided 120,000 crucially needed books to schools and libraries throughout the region, benefitting an estimated 2 million children.