With the goal of boosting learning in Kenya, the Olive Seed Foundation (OSF) has built five libraries for primary schools near the Maasai Mara game reserve, Narok West sub-county.
It is understood that the foundation is now extending the initiative to over ten schools located near the game reserve.
The project is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) four, which aims to achieve inclusive and equitable quality education.
At an education forum held at Aitong Primary School, which has benefited from the library project, OSF Director, Amos Ole Kipeen, said the move was triggered by the introduction of Competence-Based Curriculum (CBC) that is more practical than the old 8-4-4 that had a lot of theories.
‘The libraries are equipped with CBC materials that can help the young learners easily identify their talents and work to improve on them. The materials are also beneficial to the CBC teachers’, Kenya News Agency quoted him as saying.
‘Most of the children living around the game reserve are from poor backgrounds and the parents cannot afford to buy learning materials required in the CBC system of education.
‘We have come in to provide all those materials so that they can benefit like any other child in the country’.
Aitong Primary School Head Teacher, Julius Kuyioni, also lauded the foundation for establishing the facility in the school, adding that since the school was opened over 30 years ago, it has never had a library.
‘The materials equipped are ideal for the young learners. It will make learning enjoyable hence improving the school population and attendance’, Kuyioni said.
The head teacher also noted that the library will attract more learners to the school and make the learning process more interesting to the young children.
Research shows that primary schools in Kenya have no official policy requiring them to have libraries.
Although the government assists public primary schools in the acquisition of textbooks and other informational materials, the development of the school libraries is left in the hands of the schools, parents and well-wishers.
Source: Kenya News Agency
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