How Kenya Has Benefited From Book Donations
Kenya as an African country had its fair share of illiteracy problems. Books donations to African countries has become popular over the years. Several foreign sponsored program has enabled Kenyans to transition from the spoken to nurturing the reading culture thus boosting literacy Kenya’s Illiteracy Rate. Such programs focus on community schools and public libraries in rural areas to promote equal learning opportunities and development. Here are a few ways that Kenya has benefited from book donations:
- Establishment of decentralized libraries
Initially, libraries would only be found in popular cities. Only the privileged had access to such opportunities. However, over the year, various Book Donors have partnered with the government and local schools to establish community libraries . This provides equal opportunity for both the rural and urban people to enhance their literacy level.
- Regional and community growth
Research indicates that infrastructure promotes growth. Establishment of community libraries in small town centers provide an opportunity for the region to grow. Many people will set-up businesses to meet the needs of the various market gaps created.
- Provision of equal opportunities for learning
Book donations via sponsors, especially in northern regions of Kenya, has provided equal opportunities of learning for both female and male youths. Establishment of such programs is often accompanied by awareness campaigns to break the cultural hindrances such as early marriage for the young girls. Initially, the girls would undergo female genital mutilation and then married off at a young age. Their roles did not provide them with the luxury of learning. However, this is changing, because the donation of books has impacted both young and adults to seek growth.
- Promotes reading culture
Reading plays a crucial role in communication and literacy. Donation of books in Kenya has introduced new readers to different types of literature. There has been an improvement in literacy levels of the years and more youths are proficient in communicating and reading. Learners get to exchange books with their friends and hold debates on issues addressed by various authors. This culture has also inspired young and talented writers to use the African literary platform to create awareness on issues affecting Kenyans and other Africans.
- Curbs poverty
Some families in Kenya are low-income earners thus struggle to provide their children with the best education. They can barely afford to buy the many textbooks requested for in some schools. Book donation helps such families educate their children which is one step forward in curbing poverty.