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.
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.
Kenya National Library Service (knls) took the reading promotion activities to Meru County through the Kiki Kids Festival that took place on 25th July 2015 at Meru Technical Training Institute. The successful event attracted thousands of children and their parents where there were lots of activities meant to equip the children with requisite skills, nurture their talent and spur their creativity. In addition, there were lots of fun activities in form of reading challenges, quizes, spelling competition and games where winners were awarded with gifts.