Embrace Reading Culture, Kenyans Urged
The Directorate of Adult and Continuing Education is in the process of implementing a scheme that will see the department cooperate with the Kenya National Library Services to offer a mobile service forum where members of the public can gather to read books.
According to Ms. Salome Terah, Director of Adult and Continuing Education for the County of Nairobi, the program aims to revive the reading culture among Kenyans and provide those without access to libraries with the opportunity to read books for free.
Ms. Terah, speaking at the 5-day advocacy and awareness of Adult and Continuing Education at Eastleigh High School in Kamukunji Sub County, stated that it is perilous for Kenyans to lose their reading culture, as books contain a wealth of information.
“This sensitization campaign’s objective is to register a high number of youths and adults to acquire numeracy, writing and reading skills coupled with functional literacy for skill to apply in their day-to-day life,” she stated.
The County Director identified basic literacy, post-literacy, Adult primary (continuing primary), and Adult secondary (continued secondary) as courses offered by the Directorate of Adult and Continuing Education.
She stated that there are now 4374 students in Basic Literacy, 2539 in Post-Literacy, 1555 in Primary Education, and 2373 in Secondary Education in Nairobi County.
Ms. Terah noted, however, that the directorate requires assistance from organizations of goodwill and well-wishers in order to provide quality and inclusive education to the hard-to-reach, out-of-school children, youths, adults, immigrants, and physically challenged children who are hidden in their homes due to stigma.
She cited inadequate teachers, inadequate teaching/learning materials, a high distance parity between learning institutions, the proliferation of uncoordinated private providers, and the stigmatization of adult learning as some of the obstacles influencing adult learning.
In her remarks, Jemmimah Wangechi, a representative of Kenya National Library Services, stated that the reading culture must be revitalized because the majority of Kenyans have abandoned books in favor of cell phones and electronic copies.
“Physical books will not go away and its value will not diminish, the beauty of a physical,” said Ms. Wangechi while encouraging Kenyans to become members of KNLS.
She stated that in addition to offering books for reading, KNLS also provides life soft skills programs, such as public speaking, entrepreneurship, curriculum vitae writing, networking, basic computer skills, visual impairment and visual handicap classes, and free internet access.
Wangechi, who encouraged Kenyans to utilize the services to the fullest extent, said that KNLS has 64 branches around the nation, with a daily entrance fee of only Sh20 for members of the public.
To date, there are 10,841 adult learners in Nairobi County, consisting of 5,499 females and 5,342 males studying in 250 centers located in various sub-counties.