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e Read Aloud, for smarter women and a smarter nation!

"A reading nation is a thinking nation." This has become my philosophy in my life. There is no better way to empower a woman than by ensuring that they love books. As a reading revolutionary, my day to day job involves empowering children with books. I do this by donating books to children, the girl child included.Someone might wonder how books empower the life of a child. Well according to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study, reading for pleasure has been found to be the most important factor for a successful future. Hence in a country like Kenya, with such economic disparity, the love of reading could be the MOST valuable gift we give our children. This is also the most effective way to leverage social change.

Technology has become such an integral part of our lives that it's almost impossible to do without it. This has motivated me to take advantage of the digital opportunity. Alot of people are now reading ebooks as opposed to the traditional print books.I t is for this reason that I would like to digitalize the Read Aloud, the largest reading event in the country. Reading clubs in schools can then have e Read Aloud sessions on a weekly basis especially because the government has allocated 45 minutes of library lessons per week.

In the African setup, mothers are the first teachers that children have. It is therefore extremely important to empower women with digital literacy to ensure the knowledge will be passed on to children. If mothers know how to read aloud to their children using phones and tablets, then it's becomes a continuation of exciting children into reading and technology. It is interesting to note that Robert Ngeru, Samsung Electronics East Africa Vice President stated that “By 2015 an estimated 15 million Kenyans will be having smart phones” Well, this shows that e Read Aloud cannot be a far fetched idea. It is achievable. The challenge is how to empower mothers and women to appreciate that fact.

Reading Aloud with children is the single most important activity of stimulating a child's mind.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Comments

Greengirl's picture

Great Initiative

I love the fact that you are promoting the reading culture alongside internet usage. You shared a lot of beautiful facts about the transformation that reading can bring about. I wish you the very best as you continue to promote the very laudable Reading Aloud Initiative.

Great work!

Greengirl

Anne Eboso's picture

Thanks so much for your kind

Thanks so much for your kind words. I will continue promoting the laudable Reading Culture with the hope that one day I will get a book in every child's hand.

Nabiye Tal's picture

It is a great Idea

Dear Anne,
Thank you so much for this interesting piece. While I was reading your post I imagined how fun it will be reading aloud to children using technology. It is a great idea and I look forward to doing this too. Cheers.

Nabiye Tal- Founder/CEO, IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc
+2348162536058
nabeetal@gmail.com

Anne Eboso's picture

Thanks

Dear Nabiye,

Thank you. I hope with the use of technology, we can excite our children into reading. :)

Giovanna's picture

Loving to read

Dear Anne,

I am always excited to see people recognizing the importance of reading. And not only as a tool for education--which is clearly a huge part of its importance. But also addressing the importance of learning to love to read. With this, education becomes so much more accessible. Worlds become smaller.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Giovanna

Anne Eboso's picture

Thanks

Dear Giovanna,

Thanks for your encouragement and kind words. It's time we promoted the love of reading so that it just doesn't appear like people are always reading for exams :)

Regards,

Anne

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