Let’s break the world record…in reading on Thursday, 31st January 2013
Kenyan children read aloud to promote national unity prior to the general elections
12% of Kenyan children in primary school have actively been part of a conversation about kicking another community out of their neighbourhood. A third of the children feel their tribe is superior to the others. These are some of the findings from the Kenya Human Rights Commission’s 2012 Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Study.
Partners join forces for peace
It’s with this in mind that Storymoja’s ‘Start-A-Library’ initiative in partnership with the Kenya Human Rights Commission, Pamoja Kwa Haki, EMACK (Education for Marginalized Children in Kenya project funded through the Aga Khan Foundation and USAID), the Nairobi City Council, the Humanist Centre of Kenya and the Kenya National Library Service joined forces to organize the Reading for Peace and Pleasure Initiative.
Thousands will take part
More than 300 schools, human rights clubs and libraries across the country will participate in this important reading initiative to break the national record in reading aloud. On Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 9 am more than 100,000 children and adults from all walks of life will take part. They will read an extract from the science fiction storybook on equality and non-discrimination – ‘Attack of the Shidas: AKAs Save Planet Earth’ (available in leading supermarkets and bookshops). As we head towards the general elections in March, Kenyans will make a strong statement to the country that peace and cooperation between communities is paramount
How you can participate?
Take about 15 minutes and read the attached extract from the book ‘Attack of the Shidas’ (available in Uchumi, Nakumatt and bookshops) on January 31st at 9 am to promote tolerance and national unity and nurture a love for reading among young Kenyans. Please confirm your participation and send feedback (tweets, email, facebook, comments on site etc.) and pictures to Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.startalibrary.org
Please note: According to Guinness World Records, the most people reading aloud simultaneously is 223,363 participants at 909 venues across the United States for an event organized by Walden Media on 13 December 2006.
Kenya can beat this if you join us! Pass on the word…
Click here to download text Attack Of The Shidas