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.
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.
Thank you for being part of our bi annual read aloud, as always, thousands of children participated in one voice to read for peace and national cohesion, head to the gallery for more photos. Lets read for peace and national cohesion.