Start a Library is an initiative intended to use an online platform to raise money to build 100 Libraries in Kenya’s primary schools. According to a report by Uwezo, there are more than 20,000 primary schools in Kenya without libraries and this represents 98 percent of all primary schools in the country.
Lack of access to books has created a huge discrepancy in literacy levels of pupils in lower primary, where only 30 percent of children in class 3 can read a class 2 level English Story while only 2o percent of children in class 2 can read a single English word.
To help these children have access to a library in their schools, Start a Library was initiated by StoryMoja under the patronage of Dr. Auma Obama and Squad Digital to raise money for the project. The crowdfunding campaign is designed in such a way as to allow Kenyans to collectively author a book online by finishing up an already started story. For as little as shs 10 per word, anyone can participate and help to put a book in a child’s hands. It works like the composition/insha assignment where a story has been started by several authors now encouraging Kenyans to get online to complete the story. At the end of campaign, all contributors will be acknowledged in the book as co-authors when the book is published in June 2016.
“By enhancing children’s ability to access storybooks, the kind that wets their appetite for reading, we hope that the libraries will empower over 10 million Kenyan children to increase their vocabulary, nurture creativity, improve critical thinking and reach their full potential”, said Storymoja Founder Muthoni Garland.
The YouTube video below provides a brief background information of the Start a Library project, and explains why everyone should participate in the programme. Start A Library aims to raise shs 30 million in 90 days to build 100 libraries in select primary schools across the country.
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To write be part of writing this story and making history, you may visit the Start a Library site by following this link. This book writing process is open until end of December and the final printed book will be available in mid-2016. This book will make history and every child in Kenya will be glad to read the stories in the book. Kenyans are set to write a book that will change our children’s future