Book Drive 2018

Book Drive 2018

One of the Sustainable Development Goals, outlined by the United Nations is Education and stipulates that each country should avail opportunities and resources for provision of education to its citizens. Through education, a country can get the skilled manpower required to promote its development agenda. Thus, education forms a key part in the development of any nation in the world.

The Problem
The #reading culture today is sadly dying out. The school curriculum put more emphasis on grading, and less on children reading to understand, or for leisure. This leaves little room for children to read for pleasure, with teachers drilling and pushing them hard to get higher grades. Ultimately, the children result in mechanical cramming just to pass exams. The learning environment for pupils struggling to access information, If pupils have to share, stand up or strain themselves to reach storybooks and other learning materials does education seem enjoyable to them? In addition, most schools lack teaching and learning materials such as textbooks and storybooks, which has greatly hampered academic progress of pupils in the region. Furthermore, the high poverty levels has not made the situation any better.

The Project
Dubbed `Book Drive 2018′, the project is spearheaded by Smiles of Hope Kenya seeks to promote the reading culture among pupils in Kilifi County. An initiative which was Started in 2017 by the Founder and Director Elizabeth Ziro aiming at collecting books and sending them to children in school who cannot afford and have the passion for reading. An annual event targeting all the Seven sub-counties in Kilifi County
Our partners in the project include Washindi Africa, The Third Hand Initiative, Lulu Fm, All for Books, Wangari the Storyteller with Mwangaza as our media partner. It targets class 4 and 6 pupils from 16 primary schools among the 7 Wards in Kilifi North sub-county.

The project involves setting up book clubs among the classes 4 and 6, in the 16 selected schools. In these book clubs, pupils subdivide themselves into groups of 6-8 pupils and read and discuss among themselves stories from the available storybooks. These book clubs help in promoting reading skills among the pupils and helps cultivate the culture of reading among them.
Out of these book clubs and from each selected class in the schools, the best readers shall be selected for a competition on July 13th, 2018. Also, essay writing competitions shall be held in the book clubs and the best writers selected for the competition.

The competition, dubbed `Reading Day Event’ shall be held at Tezo Primary school in Tezo ward and will feature participants from the 16 selected schools. Activities of the day include story-telling, reading competitions, word building , spell it right and eventually the donation of books.

So far, book clubs have been set up across the selected schools, preliminary trainings going on and preparations underway for the Reading Day event.

Mida primary school pupils in their book clubs let by Mercy Sada a Pwani University student volunteer.

Pupils from Gede Special primary school being taken through how to create a book club by Elizabeth Ziro from Smiles of hope Kenya

On going session at Soyo Soyo Primary school – Watamu Ward

Steve Caloo from mwangazamagazine taking the pupils through the reading session at Mnarani Primary school
Martha Kabibu from Washindiafrica taking the pupils through the reading session at Matsangoni primary school.

Furthermore, as part of a campaign drive towards the event, Lulu FM has engineered a show every Saturday whereby pupils read their storybooks live on air. Also, there are plans to have some pupils attend the studio session.
Support can be offered through donating books towards the project.
Financial support can be offered through;
M-pesa paybill no: 932934
Account name: Book Drive

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