Empowering Kenyan Students for the Future

August 15th, 2009

2009 Interns Work in Western Kenya

Ashley Selerno in Western Kenya

Ashley Selerno in Western Kenya

Rutgers University interns, Mr. Paul Chiariello and Ms. Ashley Salerno, spent one month and two months, respectively, in an intense service-learning project in Teso district of Western Kenya.

They taught English, and established co-curricular activities such as Chess and Karate at Isegere Toto Primary School, and at the Matthew Wille Global Literacy Project Library of Kakemer Primary School.

Greetings from Chelelemuk Primary

Ms. Peace Osangir (second from right) visits Chelemuk Primary School

Ms. Peace Osangir (second from right) visits Chelemuk Primary School

Ms. Peace Osangir, a volunteer from ZawadiAfrica Educational Fund (who currently works for American Express in New York) spent two weeks running student study advisement projects in several schools supported by Global Literacy Project in Teso district of Western Kenya.

Backpacks for Kids

Our “Backpacks for Kids” program continued its outreach by donating educational materials to orphaned school children at Mwangaza children’s home in Rongo district of Nyanza province of Kenya.

About

January 1st, 2009

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.

Looking Forward

Jones Muruga

Jones Muruga

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.