"Read Across Kenya Day" in Kenya

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Professor Horace Ochanda, Deputy Principal, CEES, leads the Kenya Science Campus Nursery (staff, students and parents) in observing the opening day of READ ACROSS KENYA WEEK at the Kenya Science Campus Nursery. This is a week which sees many people in Kenya, particularly students, parents and teachers, join forces annually on March 2nd to celebrate, encourage and enhance the joy of reading. This worldwide observance coincides with the birthday of Dr Seuss, who is and international author of  children’s books.

Read Across Kenya Week promotes reading, particularly for children and young adults. Many schools, libraries, and community centers across the globe participate by bringing people together to take part in reading books. Various reading activities and events will be held across the country on this day. For example, some students make reading pledges, organize book fairs, or read aloud to groups of people.

This event was first observed in Kenya on March 2, 2014.
As a nation, one of our greatest responsibilities is to ensure that every child can experience the transformative power of reading. Literacy is the gateway to all other learning, and it is the most basic building block of opportunity in an economy increasingly built on knowledge and innovation. During Read Across Kenya Week, we celebrate the ways literacy has enhanced our lives and recommit to empowering every student with a strong start and a passion for reading.

The written word provides a window to a larger world. From prose and poetry, we learn our earliest lessons about tolerance and empathy, and on the pages of great books, children can see for the first time that their potential is limited only by the size of their dreams and the power of their imaginations. Literature captures moral dilemmas that persist across generations, chronicles our greatest achievements as a people, and reminds us of painful chapters in our past so we do not repeat our mistakes. In powerful tales and in the voices of complex characters, we learn eternal truths that illuminate the spirit and the intimacy of the human condition.

Brilliant writers enable us to stand in someone else's shoes and identify with their hopes and struggles - even if they do not look like us or share our beliefs. They transport us to distant times and faraway lands, and today we honor a storyteller who brought these new worlds into classrooms and bedrooms all around the globe. The works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to us as Dr. Seuss, have sparked a love for reading in generations of students. His whimsical wordplay and curious characters inspire children to dream big and remind readers of all ages that "a person's a person no matter how small."

Reading is the means by which we discover new ideas and unlock the potential of tomorrow's leaders. As we recognize the importance of literacy, let us resolve to play a part in developing the next generation of readers and writers. As mentors, friends, and caring adults, we can raise our voices to support the resources our students need in classrooms and libraries, and take time to engage young people in this critical endeavor. Together, we can enrich our souls, strengthen our society, and give every child a chance to succeed.


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