Building libraries across Kenya

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International school GEMS Cambridge together with Kenyan publishing house Storymoja are setting up 22 libraries in four days across Kenya in a bid to foster a reading culture in children.

The partnership between the two will see 22000 books donated and 22 libraries set up in Nairobi, Eldoret and Mombasa.

“The exercise kicked off today with the installation of three libraries in Ongata Rongai, Kiserian and Karen in Nairobi,” said the Communications Manager of Storymoja, James Momanyi.
Running until Friday June 26th, the installations will see each school get a 1000 book starter pack. There will be five more libraries set up in Nairobi, a further 12 in Mombasa and one in Eldoret.

With a net attendance ratio of 87% in primary school, Kenya just like the rest of the world is unlikely to
meet the second Millenium Development Goal on Universla Primary Education but the donation of these books and libaries might be a  step in the right direction.

The installations which will take place for one hour will feature a variety of activities.
“There will be the donation of books, a storytelling sesssion and a Read Aloud session whereby kids will warm up for breaking the World Record in reading aloud,” remarked the Communications Manager.

James goes on to add at each school the Reading Ambassadors will participate by not only attend the library installation but also informing children on the importance of reading. Some schools may also get to see their Reading Ambassador perform something for about 5 minutes.

Creating a culture of reading for pleasure is a goal Start A Library hopes to attain and one that has many benefits too. For instamce, research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation for Development (OECD) cites that pleasurable reading is more important for children's educational success than their family's socio-economic status.

The partnership will also involve Storymoja training one teacher and one pupil in every school on how to manage reading clubs, make use of the books donated, run a library and captivating ways of making reading enjoyable.

The activity is part of the Start A Library inititiative of Storymoja which seeks to making it easier for children to access books by forming or stocking libraries in primary schools.

For more information on how you can donate to Start A Library, contact them on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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