The ongoing education crisis in Kenya has left children with little to do as parents ponder their next move after schools were shut down. However, a timely initiative over the weekend saw students get a rare chance to interact with prominent personalities at the Storymoja Festival. Robert Godec, Auma Obama, Jeff Koinange, Ann McCreath, John Sibi Okumu and Michela Wrong talked to students about different issues affecting education. Dr Obama said creating safe spaces for children is key if they are to learn to take responsibility and become instrumental in decision making in future.
Kenya is on the verge of something great. Something exciting. Something quite epic. On the 9th of October Kenya will embark on a journey that the world has never seen before. The world’s first collectively written book!
Dr. Auma Obama yesterday noted the importance of engagement at the grassroots as well as country and national level, for developing a reading culture. She was speaking during the launch of this year’s edition of the Storymoja Festival at the Arboretum, alongside the festival’s CEO Muthoni Garland.
Kenya's Storymoja Read Aloud campaign has finally shattered the World Record for most people reading aloud from the same text at the same time but from different locations. The record breaking event, held last month rallied together 229,043 children from 1,097 schools across 44 counties in the country.
US Ambassador Robert Godec yesterday urged teachers and parents to give children more time to read. He said reading good stories relaxes a child’s mind and eases the stress of long days in school.
On 5th December 2016, RAAW Trust through the Start-a-Library initiative will launch its second campaign to get books into public primary schools. Called ‘Gifts that Matter,’ the campaign will run between the 5th of December and the 31st of December 2016 and will encourage Kenyans to donate books to public primary schools.