The Star (Nairobi)

24 March 2014

Kenya: Kisumu Gets Sh17 Million for E-Readers Project

An NGO will donate Sh17.5 million to Kisumu county for an e-readers project for one year. Worldreader operational manager in Kenya Joan Mwachi said they aim at eradicating illiteracy using e-readers.

"Where there is a mobile phone, we can deliver digital books," she said during the launch of the project at the National Library in Kisumu town. She said they will provide eight selected libraries in Kisumu, Kakamega, Vihiga, Siaya and Busia counties with 25 e-readers.

Kenya National Library Service project coordinator Caroline Kayore said using e-reader is a cost-effective and efficient alternative for students.

"One student can read from the e-reader around 200 books as compared to the ones kept on the shelf," she said.

Mwachi she said they are currently working in 27 schools and two libraries in Kenya and have impacted the lives of more than 5,000 children by bringing more than 110,000 e-books. "People can easily access different kinds of books via their mobile phone," she said.

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