As the World prepares to mark this year’s International Literacy Day on 8th September, In Kenya several players among them national and county governments, civil society and learning institutions have lined up activities towards the day.
The aim is towards realizing strategies that will see achievement of the sustainable development goal number 4- Quality education among others.
This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and skills development’.
In Nakuru County in line with the day, Kenyan National Library service Nakuru Branch in partnership with Nakuru County Youth Bunge Forum is organizing an event that targets 400 pupils from selected schools within Nakuru County.
According to Nakuru County Youth Bunge Forum President Philip Ng’ok, the activity will see the pupils display various literacy skills in line with this year’s theme.
He says the participants will include learners with special needs i.e the visually impaired, hearing impaired and autistic.The activities will include reading sessions, spelling Bee competition, creative writing, storytelling and exhibitions where best participants will also be awarded.
“We are targeting 400 pupils from selected schools within Nakuru County who include learners with special needs who will display various literacy skills” said Ng’ok.
The awards according to Ng’ok will be as; overall trophy(school),reading category(individual),storytelling category, creativity category, special category(3 schools).
He says the success of the event will a great step towards promoting literacy among the youth, children and adults in the community.
It should be noted that despite steady progress made in improving literacy, the world is still home to at least 750 million adults, including 102 million young people who lack basic literacy skills.
Moreover, six out of ten children and adolescents are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics.
This lack of literacy skills is also affecting the Tertiary and Vocational Education Training as many young people entering apprenticeships lack the literacy skills needed to succeed.
According to UNESCO, if no action is taken, many of the estimated 267 million out of school children and young people will be part of the future illiterate adult populations.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Kids being taken through reading session by the Kenya National Library Nakuru Branch Manager Mrs.Purity Mututuku.