Month: January 2017

Launch of the e-Readers program – knls Timau 23rd November 2016

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Timau Library benefited with 50 e-reader devices from the current partnership program between knls and Worldreader dubbed “Libraries E-reading Activities and Partnership (LEAP)”. The librarians equally received training on how to manage the devices, install recommended updates and assist library patrons on their use. As part of awareness creation and promotion of their usage, a launch activity was organized at the library where the library committee members, stakeholders in the education sector and opinion leaders within the region were also invited.

Charles Kabugi the Vice Chairman of the Library Committee expressed his joy in seeing that knls continually brought new to programs to the library which has helped in increasing the usage of the facility and he promised to support the awareness initiatives through his interaction with neighbours, teachers of different schools and churches.

dsc_0036The program was successfully launched at the centre where the visitors got to learn a lot on how they can benefit from the devices. In addition, the community members lauded the efforts of the two institutions in working hard to offer exciting reading and learning partnerships to the library users in the region. Mr. Joseph Kigweta, the director of Good Shepherd Digital Academy said that more pupils from his school had enrolled to become library members after the devices were introduced in the library, as evidenced by the number of endorsement on the library membership sought by the pupils.

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Participation in the Churchill Kids Festival at Carnivore grounds

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Children having fun at the knls Stand during the Churchill Kids Festival held at Carnivore – September 2016 

Churchill Kids Festival is an event that seeks to promote reading and learning among children, exploration of children talent as well are help children embrace reading as an exciting activity. Knls Participated in the event on 3rd September 2016 which was hosted at Carnivore Grounds where over 8,000 children and 3,000 adults. The event was filled with lots of fun activities hosted by various exhibitors and participants in the event. At the knls stand, fun activities included painting, colouring, read aloud events, public speaking, singing, dancing, and spelling competitions. Children who exhibited exemplary performance were rewarded. A lot of interest and enthusiasm was also recorded among the small children especially with their great interest in picture books and educative toys. The librarians participating in the event were drawn from Knls Kibera, Nairobi Area and Buruburu libraries. Through interactions with parents and guardians of the children present, the librarians were able to have fruitful interactions with parents.

In order to make reading interesting to young children, it is important to integrate the same with fun and excitement. As they grow up, they shall appreciate its importance and have the drive to do it on their own without it being pushed on them.

Training of youth in life skills and entrepreneurship

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Hon. Isaac Mwaura addresses participants at a Business Plan Competition session held at knls Thika Branch in March 2016

A partnership between knls and Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) an international NGO has seen the training of youth in some of the knls branches in different regions. The program targets high school graduates, youth who are out of employment as well as those who have an interest in entrepreneurship. The program has been very effective in impacting the lives of young men and women whom in some cases are disadvantaged. The program introduces young people to essential life skills including self-awareness and reflection modules.

It also introduces them to financial literacy skills, computer skills and basic business skills. by September 2016, a total of 2246 participants had been trained since the inception of the program in June 2014, 1083 of them being female while male participants were 1163. Ten knls branches were involved in the first phase of the program which were Murang’a, Kakamega, Kisii, Kangema, Thika, Kisumu, Nyeri, Nakuru, Buruburu and Dzitsoni. Out of the total participants trained, 22.5% have so far transitioned from training to either employment, further education or entrepreneurship. Through these training knls has raised its profile in the communities served by modelling itself as an empowerment centre.