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Books for Asia in Thailand

The Asia Foundation's Books for Asia program is the largest donor of English-language educational materials in Thailand. Since 1968, nearly 3 million books have been shipped. Nearly every university and college as well as thousands of primary and secondary schools, public libraries, nongovernmental organizations, and other important public institutions, have received valuable book donations through Books for Asia.

Status of Education in Thailand

Though Thailand has been hailed as a model of the potential for peace, stability, and democracy in Southeast Asia and boasts a literacy rate of nearly 94 percent (men: 96 percent, women: 92 percent), recent political upheaval threatens the education system in this nation of 65.5 million. English is optional and offered as a foreign language at all levels.

Current Focus

The Asia Foundation Thailand office collaborates with the Books for Thailand Foundation, established as a partnership with local civic and corporate donors, to support local costs of book distribution. Working together, they annually donate more than 50,000 new books from American and Canadian publishers to over 550 institutions, with a special emphasis on reaching rural schools, especially those in poverty stricken areas. The goal is to foster an atmosphere of stability and knowledge so that all may share in Thailand's prosperity.

Read more about The Asia Foundation's work in Thailand.


View the slideshow "Pranorn - Books for Asia Thailand"


Thamonpat Cooperider
General Manager, Books for Thailand Foundation

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