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International book donors and public libraries as partners in primary school literacy development in Kenya: Literacy prospects and obstacles

Peter Mose (School of Languages and Literatures, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa)
Russell Kaschula (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 31 May 2019

Issue publication date: 29 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

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/approach

Data were gathered via interviews, observation, focus group discussions and document analyses.

Findings

Findings 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 implications

The 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/value

The findings of this study are from original research and the implications must be treated as such.

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Citation

Mose, P. and Kaschula, R. (2019), "International book donors and public libraries as partners in primary school literacy development in Kenya: Literacy prospects and obstacles", Library Management, Vol. 40 No. 6/7, pp. 392-401. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-05-2018-0046

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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