Kenya National Library Service / Kibera Public Library: Tablet computers support children's education

How the library uses tablet computers pre-loaded with educational material to support slum school children

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TYPE:
Case Study
AUTHOR:
EIFL-PLIP
DATE:
May 2013
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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Kibera library used tablet computers pre-loaded with educational content linked to the school curriculum to help schoolchildren from under-resourced schools in Kibera, the biggest slum in eastern Africa, to improve their school results. Librarians teamed up with the educational agency, eLimu, which creates digital educational material in fun formats, including animations, film and puzzles. Working with eLimu, the library taught 120 children and 48 teachers to use the tablets. To assess the children’s progress, librarians organized games and quizzes.  More than half of the children interviewed in a library survey said the programme had helped improve their English, mathematics and science. 

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