On 23 October, Abercrombie & Kent's philanthropic arm, AKP launched a new literacy program in the Masai Mara.
The event was attended by more than 1,500 students and 1,000 community members who turned out to celebrate the education initiative. Two area schools, Enkereri and Olopi-Kidong'oe, each received a donation of 50 E-Readers which come loaded with age-appropriate textbooks and literature in both English and Swahili. AKP has strategically partnered with Worldreader, a non-profit organization that is a leading expert in designing effective, tailored curriculum for improved literacy around the world.
E-Readers significantly increase student access to a wide variety of up-to-date educational materials. Additionally, the backlit device allows students to read at home in the evenings without requiring the use of candles or burning sticks.
The new digital libraries will have a profound impact on the children's education and will open the way for better opportunities for them in the future. In January four more schools in Kenya will receive shipments of the eReaders.
Additionally, an agreement and funding is in place to launch the program at two schools in Tanzania and one in Zambia in the first quarter of 2016. At all locations, guests will have the opportunity to see the program in action during visits to the schools.