"Teacher, Teacher!" the children call out as they strain to raise their hand higher than the other kids. Finally, Roba is chosen to answer.
"School!" she says, and the word is dully scribed on the board. Now the children call out words related to this first word and a spider-like mind map slowly fills the board. Once all the children have contributed a word to the map, they settle down to write sentences using words in the mind map.
This is one of the games that the Community Library team are using to help children catch up in reading and writing.
16 children aged 9 and 10 years old are meeting every Monday morning to take part in the Accelerated Learning Programme run by the Community Library team.
We had planned to run this programme for 30 children during the long school holidays in April but another COVID lockdown scuppered those plans. Instead, we are running the programme for a smaller group of Grade 4 students who are currently out of school due to the phased reopening of schools in Kenya. So far, the children are enjoying the sessions and we are tracking their progress. We have further plans to repeat the programme later in the year for another group of children in grades 3-5 to reach our original target of serving at least 30 children.
Thank you so much for helping us to resource both the current programme and a second programme later in the year. We are so grateful for your support.
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