The world of used textbooks in numbers

TL;DR – The annual Share-A-Textbook project is here and you can donate your pre-loved textbooks at all FairPrice stores.

Mr Seah Kian Peng (left) and Ms Low Yen Ling (right) with students from Hougang Secondary School. (via TNP / JOSEPH LEE)

Mr Seah Kian Peng (left) and Ms Low Yen Ling (right) with students from Hougang Secondary School. (via TNP / JOSEPH LEE)

NTUC FairPrice launched its annual year-end Share-A-Textbook project where instead of throwing away used textbooks, the public can donate them to the under-privileged. Mr Seah Kian Peng, chief executive officer of NTUC FairPrice, said:

“Each book we collect and each book we put into the hands of others is more than just an act of giving. It’s a platform to share knowledge and even memories with those who receive it.”


 

The project is now in its 34th year and here are some other numbers to think about:

Image adapted via mothership.sg

Image adapted via mothership.sg

The supermarket chain first started the Used Textbooks Project in 1983 and later rebranded as Share-A-Textbook in 2010.

Image adapted via koobits.com

Image adapted via koobits.com

The number of books they hope to collect this year.

Image adapted via YouTube

Image adapted via YouTube

The number of students who will benefit from this project. NTUC FairPrice has worked with volunteer welfare organisations and Community Development Councils to shortlist these students from low-income families, aged seven to 16.

Image adapted via insideretail.asia

Image adapted via insideretail.asia

Besides Changi City Point, you can also donate textbooks at all 159 FairPrice stores islandwide from now until Dec 4. This includes all FairPrice Finest supermarkets, FairPrice Xtra hypermarkets, Warehouse Club and FairPrice Xpress outlets. Some FairPrice stores do not have book dropboxes, but you can pass your books to the cashiers.

Image adapted via

Image adapted via extremetech.com

This project will also help the environment as it recycles the books. Singapore saw 1.1 million tonnes of paper disposal last year.

Image adapted via straitstimes.com

Image adapted via straitstimes.com

Over the past 33 years, more than 3.9 million textbooks had been collected.

Image adapted via visakanv.com

Image adapted via visakanv.com

If all the books collected thus far were laid out end-to-end, we will be able to circle Singapore’s coastline 5.4 times.

Image adapted via time.com

Image adapted via time.com

This equates to saving more than 37,620 trees and,

Image adapted via channelnewsasia.com

Image adapted via channelnewsasia.com

Has since helped some 220,000 students save on textbooks expenses.

Image adapted via mentalhealthy.co.uk

Image adapted via mentalhealthy.co.uk

The number of volunteers so far, and they need more. Interested parties can e-mail [email protected]



Author: Flora Lim

Instagram addict, military wife and chocoholic down with a serious case of wanderlust, Flora spends 97% of her time building her business and the other 3% on her blog floraisabelle.com


Leave a Reply

SUBSCRIBE

Let us email you when new posts are up!