Worldreader celebrates Young Readers Day to promote reading culture in Kenya

Yesterday the world commemorated Young Readers Day, a special day to recognize the joys and benefits of reading and promote a reading culture among children. Worldreader, an international nonprofit organisation, celebrated this day by carrying out reading activities at Kidogo Centre of Excellence in Kangemi. The day is a chance to celebrate reading by children, parents and teachers. 

Speaking during the celebrations at the centre, Worldreader Regional Director for East Africa Joan Mwachi-Amolo said “our organization believes and works towards supporting and developing reading culture amongst Kenyan children and young adults. It has been proven that reading has tremendous benefits that are lifelong and go a long way in improving interpersonal skills among children. We at Worldreader support parents and teachers in encouraging their children to develop their reading culture and become better members of the society.”

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In their efforts towards enabling reading culture among young children, Worldreader has also partnered with 20 local publishers to digitize over 858 Kenyan books in several languages including English and Kiswahili. Among the publishers are Longhorn ‐ Publishers, Mountain Top Publishers, Kenyan Literature Bureau, Moran Publishers, The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and East African Educational Publishers. 

Linet Kaloki, a representative from Kidogo Centre of Excellence expressed gratitude to Worldreader for supporting them in promoting reading in the centre. “Our Centre caters to young children within the informal settlement of Kangemi where access to reading materials and a conducive environment is a challenge. We therefore appreciate this support by Worldreader and we hope it continues because of the impact it has in our community.” 

Worldreader offers two free solutions for students available on mobile phones. For young and primary-aged children, ​BookSmart gives parents, caregivers, and primary students themselves access to a library, so they can continue reading whether schools are in session or not.  BookSmart starts with a free base collection – 400+ great local and international children’s books, available via the Google Play Store or web browser. ​The light app, optimized for all connection speeds, keeps data costs low. Books can be saved for offline reading for those with limited data. 

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