You even find that over the weekends, if you go to the library, you find them there.”- Roseline Ouko, Headteacher, Kisumu Union Primary School
Chilren, teachers and librarians at Kisumu Provincial Library on Lake Victoria have been enthusiastically running school books clubs for several years now. However, there is an overwhelming need for new books, having exhausted Kisumu’s existing collection.
Currently 67 book clubs are being run by Kisumu Provincial Library, co-ordinated by Moses Mwandihi. Each book club has around 10-15 young members (about 1,000 in total) who meet once a month to talk about the book they are reading and to develop their reading, writing and verbal skills.
Book Aid International has provided 3,000 children’s books from the UK and 750 locally purchased books, including titles in Swahili.
“The book clubs have motivated the children and created a lot of interest in reading… Now they have more of an interest in learning and are competing to see who is reading most. Especially the children in standards one to five, they are so eager. You even find that over the weekends, if you go to the library, you find them there.”- Roseline Ouko, Headteacher, Kisumu Union Primary School