Book Aid International has been making a difference in Kenya since 1960. In 2014 we donated 387,435 books to Kenya, making it our third largest programme after Uganda and Tanzania. Our books are mainly distributed through the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) and a large percentage are for children. As well as providing books originating from the UK, we also purchase books in local languages, provide training, contribute to refurbishing libraries and more.
Human Development Index ranking: 147 out of 186 countries*
Adult literacy: 72%**
Net enrolment in primary education: male 82%, female 83%**
Net enrolment in secondary education: male 52%, female 48%**
Why we work in Kenya
Although rates of primary school enrolment are increasing and Kenya is on track to achieve universal enrolment by 2015, the quality of education remains low and secondary education enrolment has very wide regional variations. Although it is one of the more developed countries which Book Aid International works in the needs are nevertheless great, particularly in rural areas and the slums of Nairobi. English is relatively strong in Kenya being the language of instruction in schools from Grade 4 which makes the educational books we provide particularly appropriate.