Improved access to quality books

The three-year project aims to provide an improved access to quality books in the French language for school students from the most vulnerable governorates in Tunisia. Biblionef plans to open 6 regional media libraries, two a year, improving access to reading for 15,000 children in primary and secondary schools of the public education system. Personnel in charge of managing and animating the 6 media libraries will receive training. Ongoing support and additional training to the media libraries and other previously established libraries will also be provided.

Biblionef is a French NGO founded in 1992. Its mission is to facilitate access to books and reading in French for children and disadvantaged and vulnerable adolescents, helping them to develop the foundations of knowledge and education to which all people are entitled, offering them keys to their future.





August 2020 - july 2023





11.6 million (2018)

Per Capita Income
$ 3,500 /year (2018)

Poverty rate *
15% (2015)

Literacy rate
79% (2014)

Human Development Index
96th out of 189 countries (2018)

Since 2011, Tunisia has been steadily progressing towards a successful democratic system of governance. Although the country’s GDP has doubled over the past 10 years’ rural areas are still stuck in a rut of poverty. A majority of economic growth is localized to coastal, urban communities with two-thirds of the country’s poor population living in rural, agrarian areas.  Once the new democracy took hold in 2011 the government implemented programs to improve the national status of education, healthcare and infrastructure, with tangible results. But the disparities remained with a poverty rate as much as 30 percent higher in some rural regions. Nearly half of the poor population live without water or electricity. The number of women receiving prenatal care is 35 percent lower in rural areas, and infant mortality rates are significantly higher. Dropout rates for primary education remain at about 50 percent for the whole country, disproportionately attributed to children in poverty, and especially to girls in rural areas.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.