We have evaluated the impact of six years of Inspiring Readers school libraries. The programme had an especially positive impact on children and their educational development, with children reading more regularly and enjoying reading, with self-esteem, confidence and reading skills improving as a result. Below, you can read examples about how on how our work, including Inspiring Readers, impacts children.
Perhaps even more significantly, children report feeling more confident, more able to take steps towards a brighter future and a new love of books. These results were noted again in 2018, when the Inspiring Readers programme expanded to Uganda.
“Before, we used to fear and shiver when teachers asked us to read in front of the class. Nowadays everyone can read easily and we no longer fear.”
– Pupil, Mbale Police Wanyera Primary School, Mbale, Uganda
Improved reading speed
In Kenya’s deprived Laikipia county, literacy levels are low and schools lack the resources pupils need to learn to read. The African Educational Trust supports schools in the region and in 2018 we partnered with them on their Yes to Reading project. Together, we created 14 school libraries full of UK donated and locally purchased books and trained teachers in how to support pupils’ reading. The impact has clear, with a 52% increase in words read per minute for children in participating schools. Read the impact report here.