On Tuesday 6th February 2018, 1,200 Kinyarwanda children’s books were placed on 12 buses for commuters’ reading pleasure while traveling in Kigali City.
The initiative is part of the Gira Igitabo Aho Uri Campaign, launched in November 2017, aimed at encouraging everyone to read wherever they are. Gira Igitabo Aho Uri is led by Arise Education, in partnership with the Ministry of Sports and Culture, USAID Mureke Dusome project, the Ministry of Education and the City of Kigali.
Journeying from America to the heart of Africa, Penguin Random House colleagues Marysarah Quinn (Senior Vice President, Director of Creative Design, Crown) and Kendra Levin (Associate Editorial Director, Viking Books for Young Readers) were the first publisher-funded volunteers to go to Rwanda and work in partnership with Save the Children on their School-Community Partnership for Education (SCOPE) project. From January 13 to January 20, Kendra and Marysarah met with local publishers and offered first-hand insights into editorial, design and production processes.
Any platform where many people converge should be used to rally for the development of the reading culture. The Minister of Sports and Culture, Julienne Uwacu has said.
The minister was speaking on Sunday after the Kigali Car Free Day, a mass sport gathering that is held in the capital once every month.
Under the aegis of Rwanda Reads, Mureke Dusome in partnership with the MINISPOC and Arise Education, launched the Gira igitabo aho uri campaign on 23rd November 2017 at Kigali Convention Centre under the theme “Igitabo, isoko yo kubaka ubukungu bushingiye ku bumenyi” translated in English as “Books: the source to build knowledge-based economy”. The campaign will run for one year (November 2017 to 2018).
To kick start the new year, education and literacy stakeholders from across Rwanda are meeting to discuss the new National Literacy Policy. Led by the Ministry of Education with support from the USAID-funded Mureke Dusome project implemented by Save the Children, the first consultative workshop on the Policy took place at Centre St Augustin, Rwamagana, Eastern Province. This initiative is also being supported by World Vision Rwanda. Subsequent consultative workshops will be held in Musanze, Karongi, Nyanza and Kigali City between 11th January and 28th February 2018.
Click on the links below to see some of the press articles inspired by the 2017 Celebration of International Literacy Day at Kigali Convention Centre
1. New Times
2. Rwanda News Agency
On Friday 8th September, Rwanda will join the rest of the World in Celebrating International Literacy Day 2017! An event for Rwanda Reads members and key leaders in literacy promotion across Rwanda, will come together at Kigali Convention Centre to mark the occasion and launch National Literacy Month.
Rwanda Reads partner, School Book Distributors (SBD), are offering discounts on theri books during National Literacy Month!
“This was an interesting event; I now know I can tell my parents to buy me my favorite story book as they return from work instead of sweet bananas or milk. My parents are usually too busy with work to help me while I read. When the community library starts working, it will be very helpful.” – Denyse Ingabire (12), Saint Marc Primary School.
My name is Judith MUKAKALISA. I am 63 years old. I live in BURIGADE Village, NKONDO Cell of the RWINKWAVU Sector in the Eastern Province.
I did not have a chance to go to schools as many women of my generation and this has been a huge setback in my life. Many times, I would be elected by my neighbours to represent them in the village committee or other community associations but I would refuse because I did not know how to read nor write.