Help provide storybooks and libraries to primary schools across Kenya. Only 2% of public primary schools in Kenya have active libraries. This lack of access to reading materials means these children are seriously disadvantaged. Start a Library wants to change this by providing primary schools with storybooks, the kind that will whet the children’s appetite for reading and empower them to reach their full potential.
Kenya is facing a literacy crisis! According to the Uwezo Kenya Report 2014:
- Just 3 out of 10 Class 3 children can read a Class 2 level English story while 2 out of 10 children in the same class cannot read an English word.
- In Class 8, 4 out of 100 children cannot read a Class 2 English story.
And according to the PRIMR baseline study 2012:
- 62.8% of kids in Bungoma could not read one word in English after two years of school.
- Only 9% in the same county had the capacity to read at the bench mark level of 65 words per minute in English.
- 52% of kids in Kiambu could not read one word in English after two years of school.
Kenya’s children are falling behind.
How you can Help
Books have a profound impact on children. Reading for leisure not only helps a child get high academic grades but also helps them to improve their ability to express themselves. With only 2% of public primary schools equipped with libraries, reading for leisure among children from the poorest families is severely handicapped. By donating to the Start a Library initiative, you can help raise resources to equip schools with libraries across the country.
We have already donated thousands of books to schools in various counties but more are needed. Help change a child’s future today by donating here or directly to the Mpesa Paybill number 202211.