Education  Kenya Project #43795

Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya

by Dignitas Project
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
Gift 1000 Story Books to Promote Literacy in Kenya
This year has not gone according to plan in many ways, but Dignitas has strived to stay focused on our vision for all children to thrive and succeed.  
Whilst we wait for schools to re-open for our mini-libraries to be established, our team has continued to implement our COVID19 response programming Leaders of Learning.  When schools closed in March, our amazing team immediately invested their combined passion, expertise, and experience into finding solutions for our school partners including teachers, learners and their families.  Leaders of Learning was designed to equip 560 school leaders to keep 10,773 children safe & learning and we are excited to share our midline Report with you for your perusal.
The report shares that, as a result of our support, 
  • 98% of our school leaders report having gained new competencies 
  • 97% of parents are now equipped to support learning at home
  • 94% of households now have a routine that schedules time for daily learning
  • Parents are spending more time supporting their children's learning, and in turn, children are spending more time studying
  • Anxiety levels amongst parents and children have dropped.
  • Provision of learning resources have curbed learning losses, with student performance in literacy and numeracy remaining steady
We are super excited by these results, and the report highlights lessons learned that we intend to apply for future work. Thank you for supporting our intitatives to help every child reach their potential!
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When 2020 began we had big plans.  Our hope was to help 25 schools develop mini-libraries; critical resources to help young minds learn and grow, open up imaginations, and bring a world of possibilities to young children living in Nairobi's urban informal setttlements. 

Unfotunately, COVID-19, and the resultant global crisis and school closures disrupted those plans, which remain in place although delayed.  However, our commitment to see every child have the opportunity to thrive and success remains in tact, and we are more passionate about our vision that ever before!

Since the COVID-19 crisis hit Kenya mid-March, the Dignitas team have been extremely busy.  You may have already read our post highlighting the beginning of our plans, and this update as we began to think about how best we could support children in marginalized communities whilst schools are closed.

We have worked to understand more about the challenges children and families in marginalized communities are facing.   Our recent survey demonstrated that 79% of households in our communities currently have no household income and, understandably so, education is third in their list of most pressing concerns, after food and nutrition, and household finance.  For the 83% who did list education as a pressing concern, there are other barriers – only 35% of parents have completed secondary education, and 71% of those struggling say they don’t have access to learning resources.

As I type, our amazing team is now supporting 300 School Leaders and Teachers, 30 Trainers, and almost 6,000 households in Nairobi (Kawangware and Dandora), Kakamega, Malindi and Embuso that they can keep the children's learning and well-being on track, despite the current challenges.

We are deeply moved and motivated by the passion and commitment of our School Leaders and teachers. They have enthusiastically signed up to support their learners, and been so grateful for the support that enables them to do so.  You can read more from Community Champions like Lilian from Kawangware, who says, “I want to do my best to support learners who look up to me for guidance. Dignitas is empowering us with skills and resources, we in turn continue to empower learners during this difficult period. I’m happy that I have an opportunity to do something.”  

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Our Project Continues!
Our Project Continues!

At the end of 2019, we began making plans to partner with various stakeholders so we can provide storybooks to our partner schools. Through this project, we hope to set up mini libraries in our partner schools so that children can have direct access to a variety of learning material. 

Why books? Resources are scarce for most schools in marginalized communities. School leaders and parents struggle to provide various learning materials and textbooks. This means that, many children go through their primary education by only reading textbooks, storybooks are mostly a luxury. We know the value of reading for students as they develop and learn about their environment and the world. But many children are missing out on this. 

This project is about providing opportunities that would otherwise not exist. The opportunity to engage with supplementary learning material.We hope that students from under-served communities are prepared to thrive in life. Reading plays a major role in improving writing, improving interpersonal skills, critical thinking, enhancing creativity and understanding more about the world. 

As our fundraising plans continue, we are excited to annouce that we are partnering with Book Aid this year to provide storybooks to our schools. In the next two months, we will be receiving a shipment from Book Aid with a variety of engaging books that our students will begin to use. We are looking forward to kick start this new partnership as we transform opportunities for the next generation. 

We know that it takes a community to achieve the big goals we have set ahead of us. This community is made up of mighty individuals who make significant sacrifices to donate and support in various ways. We would like to give a special shout out to Linda for joining us on this mission and being our first donor on the project. As we like to say here in Kenya, Asante sana (Thank you very much) to Linda and all the other amazing supporters who are planning to join us on this project. Plan to connect with your friends and family over coffee and tell them about this goal we have ahead of us this year! 

We are looking forward to sharing the photos and updates when we launch the storybooks in the next two months. 

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Dignitas Project

Location: Oakland, CA - USA
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Gloria Omuya
Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya
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