By 2018

students impacted

by Reading Kenya

By 2018

teachers trained

on effective, child-centered strategies to promote literacy in their classrooms

By 2018

school libraries

supported through the provision of collections of children’s books in English, Kiswahili and Maa

About Reading Kenya

Through Reading Kenya, CODE and its local partner, the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NDBCK), hope to help improve the reading and writing skills of early primary school students in their mother-tongue.

In Kajiado, home to many marginalized communities, too few teachers are adequately-prepared to teach reading and writing and schools are unable to supply the engaging books needed to motivate students to read and learn for pleasure.

The project addresses these issues by: 

  • providing professional development to teachers
  • increasing access to culturally-relevant and engaging materials in English, Kiswahili and Maa; and
  • building the capacity of the local education system

Reading Kenya aims to develop a culture of reading so that children can grow up to be critical thinkers, and life-long learners with a better chance at a bright future.

CODE’s Burt Award for African Literature, which supports the writing and publication of high-quality fiction in English for young adults (from 12 to 18 years old) has also been present in Kenya since 2011.

Country Stats

Capital: Nairobi

Population: 46.5 million

Area: 582,650 km2

Where We Work: Kajiado region, a semi-arid area inhabited by the Maasai community

Did you Know?

In this and other arid regions of Kenya, an average of 7 out of 10 children in class 3 cannot do class 2 work.* Are Our Children Learning? Annual Learning Assessment Report 2011, 2012 Summary of Findings  

Recent News and Stories

Read the latest news about CODE's efforts in Kenya.
OlepolosMay 28, 2015By Hila Olyan, Programme Manager “Where do you live?” I ask Vincent. “Near the shops,” he tells me. “That’s a long way,” I respond, “do you walk?” “No,” says Vincent, but he smiles. “Then how do you get here?” I full article...
Asante (thank you)May 22, 2015Moses, the grade 1 teacher at Lenchani Primary School,  can hardly keep his students at their desks as their hands fly into the air ready to answer questions about the story they are reading in their English class. “Hyena, Dog and Hare are going to full article...
Finding a place for books...Oct 08, 2014Angela Ward, Professor Emerita at the University of Saskatchewan, is a CODE expert-volunteer working on Reading Kenya, CODE' full article...
CODE and DFATD partner up to help 40,000 Kenyan Children to Improve their Literacy SkillsSep 08, 2014Literacy Promotion Project Gets $3M in full article...


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