Book Donations in Kenya: Maktaba Mashinani Foundation, a local education-based charity organization is set to donate books worth over Sh. 10 million to public schools in Nyandarua. This is after the organization received the books from local book publisher Moran Publishers.
The foundation has been partnering with Moran to donate learning materials to schools and educational institutions in a bid to promote literacy and easy access to course books. According to the organization’s founder Eunice Njoki, Maktaba Mashinani is also aiming to build modern libraries for the rural communities in Kenya.
“Moran Publishers is one of the leading publishing houses in Kenya and has granted Maktaba Mashinani books worth over ten million shillings ahead of a major donation event to be held in Ol Kalou Nyandarua County,” said Maktaba in a statement. This event will see eleven schools in Ol Kalou receive course books, teaching guides, story books and educational toys which will boost the education and performance in Rurii cluster.
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“We are still asking for similar donations, and to plugin to such partnerships, one can purchase books and educational materials for Maktaba Mashinani Foundation by directly making payments to Moran publishers,” said Ms. Njoki on the book donations in Kenya. “We have merged efforts to see that every child is able to access relevant reading content in school and beyond and so far thousands of children in different counties of Kenya have benefited from this partnership.”
Over the recent past, Maktaba Mashinani has donated books and educational materials to special schools and autism Centers in Western Kenya region. “In most rural counties of Kenya, the average book share ratio in 1:5 and in worse scenarios only the teacher has a book. The computer share ratio is 1: 150 with more than 20 per cent of the computers broken down. A good number of teachers in these rural school have had zero contact with computers hence cannot offer any education on computer literacy. This greatly contributes to poor performance and general economic growth in the rural counties,” said Ms. Njoki.