Only 2% of primary schools in Kenya have libraries
It has been fifty years since independence and still most public primary schools in Kenya do not have libraries, hence no storybooks and other supplementary reading materials for the children. Parents primarily buy textbooks for their children to read so as to pass exams. But storybooks too are textbooks because they help children learn the language of study, be it English or Kiswahili. Without proper comprehension of the languages of study, children will not understand the contents of other subjects, therefore they will not do well in school!
Children need access to storybooks and supplementary reading materials
Reading storybooks regularly is key in building children’s vocabulary, expanding imagination, sparking curiosity, improving critical thinking hence contributing to overall academic excellence of the learners. It will inculcate in them a firm reading culture, something which will turn them into life-long readers even after exiting school. This is will have a huge developmental impact on their lives and the economic growth of the country.
Did you know that the equality, knowledge and attitude practice study on equality/non-discrimination conducted by the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) revealed that children were not only affected by Post Election Violence (PEV) in 2007/8, but in some cases formed part of the perpetrators? On June 17th thousands of children will read for peace, be part of this by signing up a school, purchase a copy of the book and join children in the school to read from 8am to 8:15am.