Celebrating East African Writing!
Ever since Kibaki’s government initiated free primary education, our schools have had an all high attendance. Despite this, Kenya is facing a literary crisis with some of our districts being the lowest performing districts in East Africa. Reading is a simple, if not the only way of improving literacy in our schools. More than just going through the syllabus, students need to set aside time for reading stories. As Situma Mummba, a teacher at MCO Joy school says, “No education will take place without a library.”
The objective of Story for Chela campaign is to install 100 schools in public libraries by December 2015. Each library costs 300,000 thousand Kenya shillings to install. The campaign aims to raise 30Million Kenya shillings by rallying the pubic to contribute words to the first ever collectively written book by a nation. Each word costs 10shs. On 4th of November, 2015 Start a Library’s #StoryForChela successfully installed the first library at MCO Joy school in Mathare.
Here is what some of the teachers and staff had to say about having a library in the school.
It’s a great achievement because it will enable the students to improve a composition writing, understanding and techniques of ensuring questions – Dickens Ouma
A library equips students with various skills enabling them to perform and have confidence- Awimbo Grace
It is good to have the library as both teachers and students are going to acquire knowledge from reading the books- Stanley Mutuku.