With an introduction of comptetency Based Curriculum educational systems in Kenya, the lack of educational resources has a significant impact on rural areas. Schools have no books, reading material in homes is non-existent due to economic factors and this condition plays a role in the low literacy rates in villages. Our free library will offers local newspapers, prevention of bullying books, school textbooks and a fully equipped internet connected computer lab as well as programs that teach the community how to use these resources to their best advantage.
Although money is allocated for schools, public libraries don't exist in rural areas. The cost of competency based curriculum books is so high relative to rural income, it would cost the equivalent of a month's salary to purchase just one textbook for a child in school. Folks living in poverty here have no access to the very materials created to help lift them from that poverty. Lack of access to educational material marginalizes the poor in a way that renders them unable to participate in their own development decisions.
Our library will several copies of each textbook used at the primary and secondary level for students who cannot afford to buy them. We also plan to provide local newspapers to adults interested in local politics and development issues. The library also sill fully staffed, free, internet-accessible computer lab with links to resources in local languages. We will supply the community with these resources in a clean, safe and supported space and teach them how to use the material to their benefit.
The programs and educational material that we will provide to the community will lift literacy rates and empower people to change their lives both educationally and economically. As this community begins to climb out of poverty, more children will be able to attend traditional schools, more businesses will thrive and people will be able to take advantage of technological solutions. We currently have hundreds of people in our programs. These project will be of benefit to the community and give teachers easy time in teaching.