This year, OUP took part in a number of charitable activities which included supporting Soutien Belge Overseas in their educational work with refugee children, as well as helping the efforts of Book Aid International and War Child to provide valuable resources to education institutions that were affected by conflict in Mosul.
The Press won 131 prizes for its products throughout year. Some of the key highlights are captured below.
- Winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy: Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944—1945 by Waldo Heinrichs and Marc Gallicchio
- Charleston Advisor’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Content: ORE programme
- Winner, Library Journal, Best Databases of 2017, ORE programme
- Gold Winner, Excellence in the Design of Learning Content, Learning Technologies Awards 2017: Consent Matters: Boundaries, Respect and Positive Intervention
- American Historical Association: OUP won a record eight book awards in the UK, US, and India
- Winner, Secondary Publisher of the Year, 2017 Educational Publishing Awards Australia
- Winner, Oh! Great Brand Award Competition 2017 in China:
• Most Preferred Brand of Educational Product
• Most Preferred Educational Product in Chinese Language
• Most Preferred Educational Product in English Language
- Shortlisted, Excellence in Course Innovation, The British Council 2017 ELTon Awards
- Winner, Primary Content, Bett Awards 2018, Numicon
- Winner, English Children’s Literature, UBL Literary Awards in Pakistan, Our Rumi by Fehmida Riaz
- Winner, Best Academic Publisher 2017, Malaysian Book Council Foundation
- Winner, Distinguished Publishing Award in Language Learning, Wenyan, edited by Christine Chau, Stuart Lau, and Claire Hung
- Winner, Publishing Award in Language Learning, Jasper’s Life by Anthony Chin
Helping to create a world where everyone has access to books
Every year, OUP contributes both books and funding to Book Aid International. Book Aid’s vision is to create a world where everyone has access to books that will enrich, improve, and change their lives.
Book Aid International operates in a number of emerging markets, including many which are important markets for OUP. Last financial year, OUP contributed funding to support Book Aid International’s Inspiring Readers programme, which provides Book Box Libraries to primary schools in Africa, and trains teachers to use books effectively in the classroom.
However, OUP was keen to explore other projects to support, and so provided a financial donation to support two further initiatives:
- The Digital Futures programme in Zimbabwe, which aims to enrich the services that eight community libraries can offer by equipping them with e-readers and digital reading resources as well as books.
- Rebuilding the library collection at the University of Mosul and supporting children’s education in the region. Alongside funding to help get the books to Mosul, OUP has donated a selection of higher education books to the university and more than 800 Arabic readers to help young children learn to speak English.
Speaking about OUP’s contribution, Book Aid International’s Head of Communications, Emma Taylor, said: ‘OUP is a long-standing supporter of Book Aid International and has provided hundreds of thousands of brand new books which range from Arabic readers to university-level texts to beautiful children’s books. By providing both books and funding, OUP helps us reach more people around the world with the books they need to succeed in education, learn new skills, and simply enjoy the pleasure that reading provides. Their support is invaluable to people around the world who would otherwise have few books, or even no books at all, and we would like to extend a very warm thanks for their support.’
Supporting refugees to learn English
This year, OUP established a new partnership with Soutien Belge Overseas (SBO). SBO is a non-governmental organization that helps refugee children and young people who have missed out on years of learning due to conflict. SBO provides non-formal education to hundreds of refugees through three Lebanese schools in Beirut, Arsal, and Saida. SBO approached OUP because its volunteers had been using OUP’s Family & Friends to teach children English; the team were keen to provide every child with a book, to support their learning.
In February 2018, OUP sent 1,100 books and teaching resources to Belgium, for onward distribution to Lebanon. Speaking about OUP’s contribution, Gregory Kirby said, ‘I was in search of a fun and comprehensive curriculum to help our students build an English level that would help them succeed in Lebanese public school. When I came across Oxford University Press’s Family and Friends series, I knew I had found what I had been looking for. The textbooks have improved the quality and consistency of English language education immeasurably. We are all very grateful, not least the students who are thoroughly enjoying their fun and active Family and Friends lessons.’