In Kibera — a vast urban slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya — children often learn in classrooms that do not have electricity, computers, or internet access. They typically struggle to pass exams because their schools don’t have the resources they need. And because children typically don’t have opportunities to learn to use technology tools, they aren’t able to compete as adults in job markets that increasingly demand technology skills.
Kibera Public Library is working with EIFL’s Public Library Information Programme to start to change that. With a grant from EIFL, the library provides tablet computers and electronic educational materials to children in the community.
“When I see that I have changed the life of a child, I am really happy. I can say that there is an impact in what I am doing,” said Mary Kinyanjui, a librarian at Kibera Public Library.
As part of the project, the library partnered with the Kenyan education agency, eLimu, to create an interactive computer skills and education program that uses animations, video, quizzes, and music to engage children.
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