Our Literacy Holiday Club will help 30 primary school children in Kibera improve their reading and writing skills. 60% of Kenyan children between class 3 and 5 cannot read or write at the level of a class 3 child. Learning outcomes are particularly low in urban slums like Kibera where 30% of children don't complete primary school. Catching up on the basics of reading and writing will ensure children can do their best in school and complete their primary education.
Eva is a class 4 student who has trouble keeping up with her classmates during class. She finds it challenging to read the examples on the board or the questions set for homework. She has fallen behind and this lowers her chances of moving forward in school. She would love to improve her reading skills so that she can read the many storybooks she has always wanted to read. 60% of Kenyan children like Eva, between class 3 and 5 cannot read or write at the level of a class 3 child.
We are running a 5-week literacy holiday programme at our community library in the heart of Kibera. This project will improve children's reading levels by using play-based learning activities. Over the 5 weeks, children will progress from recognising letters, to words to reading and writing full sentences and stories.
This programme will help children catch up with the basics of reading and writing. On this foundation, children can learn about any subject they like, the ability to read opens so many doors. Eva will be able to read textbooks and reference books on any subject she enjoys, and all the storybooks that she has always wanted to read when she visits our library. She can even write her own stories. In the long term, this project builds the foundations for children to do better in school.