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The German School Nairobi participates in a National Reading Record Event

Date 04/02/2013

Storymoja was set up by a group of 5 Kenyan writers, with the aim of facilitating publishing for East African writers.In order to encourage interest in reading, Storymoja organised a "National Reading Record Event." Scores of schools around the country were invited to read a short extract from a story "The Attack of the Shidas",simultaneously at 9.00 a.m. on the 31st of January 2013. The Primary School of the German School Nairobi also decided to try and be part of this record, and thus 36 students from Classes 2, 3 and 4 met in the library shortly before 9.00 a.m. on this Thursday morning.


Promptly at 9.00, students from the different classes took turns in reading the extract. After the reading session was over, the children from the EaM (First Language English) of Class 3 and all the students of Class 4 met again, to illustrate or write an ending to the story. One group of girls from Class 4 even managed to write a rhyming poem as an end to the story. All the students' work has been passed on to the organisers, and the best pictures / stories received from all the participants nation-wide will receive prizes.

From the moment when the first word of the story was read, to completing their drawings / stories, the enthusiasm of the children was obvious. We would like to thank Story Moja for inviting us to participate in this project, and hope we have helped them to break the national reading record.

In February this year, the same company has agreed to set up workshops for students and parents, to talk about Kenyan stories and illustrations, give them advice on how to write good poems, and educate parents on how to engage their children in reading. All proceeds from these workshops will go towards fulfilling their vision of 'A book in every hand', and they will buy library books for a school in Karangware. Watch this space for further details!

 Shital Shah


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