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 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? Smiles of hope Kenya is promoting the reading culture in Kilifi County, an initiative started in 2017 by the Founder Elizabeth Ziro aiming at collecting books and sending them to children who cannot afford to buy and have the passion for reading. This project involves establishment of book clubs among school going students. It is an annual program which supports education advancement
Just like many other counties in Kenya, the school performance for Kilifi County has been poor over the decades due to lack of access to information, mentorship and career guidance skills. The county is also characterized by poverty, food insecurity and drought which are also root causes of poor performance in school exams. According to 2016 research by Twaweza East Africa, the county literacy average is at 33% and only 26% of class 3 students can do class 2 work. We believe that by encouraging youths and school children to develop a reading culture, we double our potential for development and innovation.
With your support, we look forward to reaching and touching the lives of more orphans and vulnerable children . If you would like to become involved or or simply learn more about our programs please get in touch with us at [email protected] cc [email protected]