Celebrating East African Writing!
You may have heard whispers of a Reading Revolution underway; a movement to get Kenyans reading, to fall in love with stories and books, to nurture a thinking culture in our children where knowledge and creativity are valued.
To highlight the importance of reading, on June 16th 2011, we hoped to gather 25,000 Kenyans at Nyayo Stadium to break a Guinness World Record for ‘most people reading aloud simultaneously in one location,’ a record recently set by Turkey at 22,000 people.
Working closely with schools and the Ministry of education, we rallied children to be a part of this exciting occasion; the first time in history such an attempt has been made in Africa. Unfortunately, we have been unable to raise sufficient funding to facilitate the transportation for all of these 25,000 children to Nyayo Stadium in time for June 16th 2011.
We wanted to make sure no child misses out on the opportunity to break a World Record, so we have decided to postpone the attempt as we continue to fundraise. Stay tuned for the announcement of the new date.
We continue with our mission of promoting the reading culture in Kenya – after all the Guinness World Record is still Kenya’s to beat, and God willing, beat it we shall! However, the World Record Attempt is just one stop on the path of the Reading Revolution.
From July 1st to September 15th, you can take part in a Nationwide reading marathon and take the challenge of consciously making reading a part of your life for those 10 weeks; who knows, along the way, you may just fall madly, unabashedly, head over heels in love with reading. As you embark on this reading journey, stop by www.readingrevolution.co.ke for intimate guest posts of ‘Why I read,’ as well as book reviews and book lists. Feel free to contribute your own articles and reviews and share the joy of reading.
It is truly remarkable the relationship that has been discovered between reading for pleasure and the future success of a child. Studies have found that reading for pleasure is even more important for a child’s future than their socio-economic background; in a country like ours with such economic disparity, the love of reading could be the most valuable gift we give our children. As Michelle Obama recently said, one of President Obama’s greatest strengths is that he is a voracious reader, so in her words, ‘Read, read, read and read.’
There are many many, many, many people who have shown great support to the Reading Revolution, and commitment to promoting the reading culture in Kenya. To all of you, Asante, and the (r)evolution
After all…..a revolution does not consist of one person or one organisation, it is a movement whose strength of force lies in the passion of the people behind it.