Main photo credit: Image © Ken Whitty.
Most of our early work in Sub-Saharan Africa was conducted within the British colonial states.
Here, we focused on developing new and collaborative relationships prior to their transition to independence.
From the 1960s onwards we expanded our work throughout the region, delivering a range of services in book provision, education and technical co-operation. Although we were unable to open many offices outside the Commonwealth states, from these we co-ordinated activities across the entire continent.
Even through periods in which the British government was unpopular in the region, we have maintained a consistent and dedicated presence. Today, we connect over 1 million students through our connecting classrooms programme; as our work grows we continue to develop stronger partnerships, bringing mutual benefit to those across the region and in the UK.