Storymoja has published over 100 books, mainly for students (4-18 years) in the last 9 years. Our digital books are available on Amazon and Worldreader and we have also piloted animated, audio and sing-a-long CDs.
Our storybooks educate, disseminate information and provoke life skills conversations among students:
- “Attack of the Shidas” commissioned by Kenya Human Rights Commission was used as an intervention to address ethnic animosity in schools nationally in the January and June Read Aloud 2016 editions.
- Land of the Kitchen – We partnered with UN Habitat and Nairobi City County to promote peace in schools after the post-election violence following the 2007 post-election violence
Matatu from Watamu drove into the Sea– partnered with GoDown and Sarakasi to sensitise children about environmental issues.
The Storymoja Festival is an annual intellectual and cultural feast as well as Kenya’s biggest book party that attracts thousands of children and adults. The festival began as a Nyamachoma Fiesta with a small gathering of 300 people in 2007. It has since grown to a vibrant gathering of the greatest minds in Kenya and beyond, celebrating ideas and culture. The festival offerings are dynamic and diverse to cater for all age groups. Over the five days, books are brought to life through poetry, storytelling, lively discussions with local and international artists, music, workshops, film and much more. In addition, topical issues such as health, careers, politics, technology, human rights, environment entrepreneurship and youth empowerment are presented in very interactive and stimulating sessions.
In line with our growth and expansion plan, in 2015 we rolled out the festival to counties and had our premier regional festival in Nakuru County from 28th to 30th May 2015. We have since grown to a continental festival and in 2016, the Storymoja International Festival will be held in Accra, Ghana from 24th September to 27th September. For more information on this year’s festival, please visit http://www.storymojaghana.com/
The Festival is modelled around three pillars:
- Creativity: The festival experience is deliberately designed to stimulate and provoke minds and spark curiosity.
- Exposure: Both the audiences and artists get an opportunity to interact with diverse cultures, works, ideas and personalities.
- Collaboration: Synergy amongst diverse local and international creative groups is fostered. Various partners and stakeholders benefit from the networking opportunities presented at the Festival.
Start A Library
Start a Library is a Storymoja reading promotion initiative that enhances access to storybooks for children and nurtures a culture of reading for pleasure. Only 2% of public primary schools have libraries. How many homes have libraries in Kenya? How do we drive a reading revolution without the text-rich environment necessary to facilitate regular reading habits?
Our focus is to seek financial support from individuals, opinion leaders, donors and corporate organizations to facilitate installation of libraries and training of teachers. To date, 68 libraries have been installed across the country. We also focus on organizing exciting reading events like the bi-annual Read Aloud challenges. They create excitement about books; attract media attention and influential reading ambassadors into schools. For more information about the Start A Library initiative please visit http://www.startalibrary.org/
Careerpedia is a new, unique, interactive and tailor made career engagement platform designed to fill the existing career information gap for students, teachers, parents and mentors. It includes job descriptions of 120 careers, interviews with professionals in each career, directory of institutions offering courses for each career, and essays by career professionals.
It is currently available in the market in the form of a careers encyclopedia and a ‘Discover Your Career’ workbook. The Careerpedia encyclopedia is a friendly careers information resource detailing over 120 descriptions of both traditional and emerging careers. It contains interviews by practicing professionals, a directory of institutions offering courses for each career and essays by career professionals, subject combinations, accreditation, remuneration and opportunities. The workbooks are step by step career cycle guides for individual use.
The Careerpedia Mentorship Network (CMN) is a network of mentors from different career fields who have committed to empower young people to make informed career choices. CMN provides mentorship opportunities for both students and mentors through a unique programme that runs in Public Secondary Schools, brings mentors closer to the students and encourages interactive and valuable sessions. CMN is an Information Resource Pool where mentors network and utilize available information to enrich their scope of business even as they mentor the students. The Mentorship Network offers possible opportunities for young people to learn on the job through internship, apprenticeship and job shadowing for exposure, hands on experience and feel of their career of choice. For more information about Careerpedia please visit http://careerpedia.co.ke/