Reading Kenya

Reading Kenya
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About the Country

Kenya is located in Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania. Its climate varies from tropical along coast to arid in interior.  The Kenyan Highlands comprise one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa; glaciers are found on Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest peak. The population of Kenya is approximately 41,000,000 and comprised of about 70 different ethnic groups.  Over 64 languages and dialects are spoken in the country.

Kenya is the economic engine and anchor of stability in East Africa. Its strong private sector, infrastructure, and financial services contribute significantly to growth in the region.

However, instability in Kenya itself due to an internal conflict arising from the disputed 2007 elections has been devastating. The post-election violence had a particularly high impact on the educational system, as schools were destroyed or turned into camps for internally displaced persons.

The country's frequent droughts have also contributed to food insecurity in certain regions. Yet the country's vibrant private sector and growing middle class can both help to fuel ongoing economic growth With Kenya's strong civil society and independent media, the country has great potential for progress.


Our Programs in the Country

Burt Award in Kenya

Our Partner

National Book Council of Kenya

National Book Development Council of Kenya


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The video was produced by Algonquin College's School of Media and Design Interactive Multimedia program students in April 2011

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