About CODE

CODE is Canada’s leading international development agency uniquely focused on advancing literacy and education in some of the world’s most deserving regions with over fifty years of evolving success. By acting to establish and ignite engaging learning environments through the development and publishing of locally authored and designed children books, training teachers and teacher-librarians, resourcing libraries as well as distributing significant numbers of high quality reading materials, CODE focuses on inspiring young minds to improve their literacy and comprehension with the hope that they become thoughtful, life-long learners.

At the core of its development model, CODE works with local in-country partners (currently in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Tanzania) in order to further strengthen capacity in delivering its literacy and educational programming at the local, regional and national levels and to nurture sustainability towards literate civil societies.

To further complement its comprehensive programming, CODE oversees the Burt Award Literary Awards which works to encourage and develop local authorship in the countries which it exists in producing exceptional young adult literature which is engaging and entertaining. In addition to providing $25,000 in prizes to top three adjudicated authors, through its guaranteed purchase and distribution program, CODE ensures that these titles reach the hands of youth throughout the areas in which it operates the award. CODE’s Burt Literary Awards currently oversees the Burt Award for African Literature (awards programs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania), the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature and the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature.