Busia Community Library, Kenya: ICT helps children improve school results

How an innovative library used tablets to support children's education in Kenya

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TYPE:
Case Study
AUTHOR:
EIFL-PLIP
DATE:
May 2013
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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Two-page case study about Busia Communit Library's Watoto kwa Watoto (Children for Children) project, which used six tablet computers to help children overcome challenges in passing exams. Guided by Minimally Invasive Education theory, in which children learn to use technology in a minimally supervised environment, librarians encourage the children to use the tablet computers to access pre-loaded educational content, to research the internet and to play educational games. After just a few months (2012/13), the children’s school test results in science, mathematics, social and religious studies, Kiswahili and English improved.

The project was initiated with support from EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) in April 2012. The case study is based on impact assessment conducted by the library in April 2013