The Global Literacy Project has been involved in Literacy work in Kenya for some 10 years. This work, mainly in the Teso district of western Kenya, has included setting up libraries, and establishing and maintaining literacy competitions in collaboration with the local community-based organization PAMLO (Pan-African Mentoring and Learning Organization). We have also produced over 20 technology university graduates through the PAMLO-and-Global Literacy initiatives at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
Our Goals in Kenya
Through literacy, GLP helps individuals gain access to their own rich cultural, literary, and historical traditions, as well as those of others. Seen as the ability to read, write, and evaluate ideas, literacy has become a necessity for survival in this age of science, information technologies, urbanization, and the availability of technologies for enhancing survival in rural environments. Literacy opens doors to fields of specialized knowledge, such as the sciences, public health, engineering, and technology.
As such, GLP believes in the goal of a transformative literacy that nurtures critical thinking and problem solving. Literacy should empower and transform learners to increase their awareness and help them to take control of their lives within their broader socio-economic and cultural context.
Illiteracy, as a cause and effect of poverty, reinforces long-term underdevelopment in many countries. For example, people who are unable to read have limited access to opportunities at the workplace, and to problem-solving information. By acquiring the skill of literacy, people can empower themselves to better negotiate the practical demands of survival and the abstract world of ideas and science.
Monitored by our local coordinator Mr. Jones Muruga, who conducts random follow-up visits to our sites we have consistently found our project libraries fully occupied by local readers and researchers.
Our other significant activity is the Pan-African Math and Language Olympics (PAMLO) which are competitions held district wide amongst all the secondary schools.