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International book donors and public libraries as partners in primary school literacy development in Kenya

International book donors and public libraries as partners in primary school literacy development... The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of international library materials aid in primary schools and to outline obstacles to effective utilization for maximum literacy benefits among primary school children.Design/methodology/approachData were gathered via interviews, observation, focus group discussions and document analyses.FindingsFindings indicate that teachers were trained by Kenya National Library Services Kisii Branch staff on basics of library materials management before literacy materials were sent to the schools; teachers and pupils reported that development of vocabulary and better essay writing are some of the benefits of the donated materials; and culturally distanced materials and school dynamics impact negatively on the effective utilization of the donated library resources.Practical implicationsThe authors recommend that donors work hand in hand with the Ministry of Education and other local stakeholders that it may be possible to address obstacles to proper and highly effective implementation of literacy empowerment projects.Originality/valueThe findings of this study are from original research and the implications must be treated as such. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Management Emerald Publishing

International book donors and public libraries as partners in primary school literacy development in Kenya

Library Management , Volume 40 (6/7): 10 – Jul 29, 2019

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0143-5124
DOI
10.1108/lm-05-2018-0046
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of international library materials aid in primary schools and to outline obstacles to effective utilization for maximum literacy benefits among primary school children.Design/methodology/approachData were gathered via interviews, observation, focus group discussions and document analyses.FindingsFindings indicate that teachers were trained by Kenya National Library Services Kisii Branch staff on basics of library materials management before literacy materials were sent to the schools; teachers and pupils reported that development of vocabulary and better essay writing are some of the benefits of the donated materials; and culturally distanced materials and school dynamics impact negatively on the effective utilization of the donated library resources.Practical implicationsThe authors recommend that donors work hand in hand with the Ministry of Education and other local stakeholders that it may be possible to address obstacles to proper and highly effective implementation of literacy empowerment projects.Originality/valueThe findings of this study are from original research and the implications must be treated as such.

Journal

Library ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 29, 2019

Keywords: Books; Benefits; Reading; Obstacles; Book donors; Kenya National Library Services

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