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Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Kids

Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Kids

When kids sit next to a caring adult and hear engaging stories, they develop positive associations with books. Reading aloud to your child strengthens the part of their brain associated with visual imagery, the ability to understand stories and word meaning. When you read to your two-year-old, they pick up on important book smarts, like […]

Nsanje Women Cry Out for Adult Literacy Classes

Nsanje Women Cry Out for Adult Literacy Classes

 Nsanje women have faulted government for failing to provide adult literacy learning services in the area despite their strong willingness to enroll for classes. Belita Mafunga, 45, a mother who hails from the area of Traditional Authority Malemia village explains she failed to go to school when she was young due to poverty but has […]

More Women Enrol In Literacy Programmes Than Men

More Women Enrol In Literacy Programmes Than Men

In January 2004, the late Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge, then aged 84 years, joined two of his grandchildren as a new pupil at Kapkenduiywa Primary School in Eldoret. Today, the Guinness Book of World Records lists him as the oldest person to ever enrol in elementary school. This however was not the achievement Mr Maruge was […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Twenty Good Books To Read

LOUD WHISPERS: Twenty Good Books To Read

April 23rd is International Book Day. For those who are always ‘too busy’, ‘too tired’, or ‘too distracted’ to read a book from page one to the end, this is a time for you to reflect on what you are missing. To mark International Book Day last year, I wrote about ‘Thirty of my faovurite […]

No Power Or Running Water – But Digital Books Galore

No Power Or Running Water – But Digital Books Galore

The first children you see are scything away in the cassava fields, or filling plastic cans with water from the pump to lug home. But inside the local library in this town deep in the Rwandan hinterland, we skip forward a few centuries: e-readers, Wi-Fi, smartphones and digital books galore, everything from Dickens to Dante […]

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Petina Gappah on Zimbabwe, Language, and “Afropolitans”

Contemporary literature in English is rich in international voices. Writers arrive holding multiple passports and complicated backstories. They deal in more than one culture, salt their sentences with Shona or Spanish. They cross and recross borders, carrying their stories with them. You might think Petina Gappah is such an international writer. Born in Zimbabwe in […]