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Pakistan has extremely low literacy rate and an even lower percentage of educated people, if it could be measured. Out of all the students who are admitted to primary school, only 70% are able to make it through while only 33% are enrolled in secondary school. Many more dropout as the study levels advance. As a student, I realized that there are many causes of this staggering rate of drop outs. These include, of course, social pressure and poverty, and the high costs of books. Most of the students who make it to the University level are also disturbed by these costs and eventually, compromise with their studies. This problem has a solution.
Most of Pakistani students have a habit of storing their books, not because they are hiding them, but because they treasure them and are constantly searching for the right person to inherit them. Or maybe because they don't know what to do with them, and are afraid to get these recycled into paper. If only there was some way to track down people who have a book and connect them to people who need that book...
That is the idea: to take books from people who have them but don't need them anymore and give them to people who need them but can't have them. This, of course, needs a messenger in between; someone (or some organization) that can sort out everything else. The organization, BOOKLIST, can be expanded over telephone, newspaper and internet. The website, once it shoots up, can easily sustain all the costs.
As the project develops more, Booklist can take not only donated books but old books for sale as well. These can, in turn, be either donated or sold at friendly prices. Booklist website can also give an option to users to keep track of all the books they own, so that they don't have to lay down the whole shelf, just to check if they have a particular book or they have to buy it. All profits generated can be donated to NGOs to aid expansion of education in rural areas of Pakistan.