18 April 2014

Kenya: E-Readers Launched in Teso North

A California-based nonprofit charitable organisation on Wednesday launched 25 e-readers to benefit 2,000 students in Teso subcounty. The e-readers are loaded with primary and secondary school curriculums.

Speaking during the launch at Kiwimbi International Library in Amagoro, Teso North, Worldreaders partnership development manager Kristina Lee said the project aims at eradicating illiteracy in the region by providing e-books on e-readers. The Sh350,000 project was sponsored by the US Embassy in Kenya in collaboration with Worldreader, Elewana Organisation and Kiwimbi International.

Lee said the e-library is meant for those who don't have access to books. "Our target is to transform reading across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond through the use of digital books," she said. The first e-reader project in Kenya was launched in 2011. Worldreader has so far distributed more than 90,000 digital books in nine sub-Saharan Africa countries.

Busia Education executive Joel Barua, who was the chief guest, said inability to grasp content is a challenge. He said 420 ECD teachers will be employed by the county government on contract and 105 ECD classrooms will be built in 35 wards.

Two pupils of Amagoro Primary School--Lewis Igwala and Derrick Ibalai--received awards from Kimwimbi director Prof Olubayi Olubayi for being the best in book readership at the Kiwimbi Public Library. Igwala emerged first after reading 120 books with Ibalai second with 119 books. The standard eight pupils said they are confident they will excel in this year's KCPE.

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