On Friday 8th
March 2019, Juza took the first step into a new era by launching its first
digital library in Kenya. The non-profit
organisation is committed to giving more children and young people a chance to
discover the joy of reading through digital media, and began the execution of
its goal at Farasi Lane Primary School in Westlands.
The Juza digital library system exists to transform the library from a physical space to a virtual one, perfect for the 21st century learner. Juza aims to improve literacy by targeting students in schools and community centres which do not have adequate library facilities and equipping the institution’s digital devices with digital library software to give the learners access to an expansive collection of e-books, audiobooks and other interactive learning material with no need for internet connection. Farasi Lane Primary School is the first beneficiary of this initiative.
The day began early, with the team arriving at Farasi Lane at 7:00am in the morning to set up.
There was a photo session using Instagram selfieboards, which the children were pretty excited about, if the photos are anything to go by!
The learners made some presentations to entertain the invited guests and the headteacher made a speech to officially kick off the launch. Following the introduction of the capable Juza team, some Class Eight learners read to the audience from tablets in which the digital library system was installed to demonstrate the use of the digital library.
An event like this one would be incomplete without some remarks from a few invited guests. One of the notable guests at the launch was Ms. Rosa Mbuno, the Westlands Sub-county Education Officer. The chief of the same area was also in attendance, representing Member of Parliament, Hon. Wanyonyi.
The guests had a chance to view a digital library session, led by the IT/English teacher Mr. Elvins.
The day ended with closing remarks at the assembly and a cake cutting to celebrate the first of many digital library launches. Some learners, teachers and guests were interviewed for their remarks regarding the digital library system and the event. Their positive feedback was a clear confirmation to the Juza team that they are doing valuable work in filling this gap. Consequent launches are bound to be even bigger and better!
All in all, the launch was a huge success and we can now only look forward to the next one. Here’s to the first step towards realising a Kenya of 100% literacy!