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A book for every child

A book for every child

01 February 2018

We are delighted to have been able to support SEQIP—the Kenyan government’s plan to improve the country’s educational outcomes with a new skills-based curriculum, alongside an initiative to provide every secondary school child with books of their own.

The first stage of the plan involved a collaboration with the World Bank to supply all secondary school pupils with textbooks for each of the six main subjects: Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. This has never before been achieved and could be life-changing for many children and parents. The government has also introduced a new curriculum that takes a very different approach by focusing on skill-building rather than learning-by-rote.

The initiative and introduction of the new curriculum means millions of textbooks needed to be created and disseminated to students all over Kenya, and primary school teachers needed more resources as well as support to use new teaching methods.

As part of our mission is to further education worldwide, we wanted to help with this challenge. So our Kenyan team collaborated with colleagues across different departments and countries, as well as curriculum experts and teachers, to provide training and resources to more than 18,000 Kenyan teachers. Our team of dedicated people were able to deliver more than four million books country-wide in 12 weeks. 

John Mwazemba, General Manager for OUP East Africa, commented: ‘We are the last international educational publisher publishing in Kenya. The textbook project speaks directly to our mission. It reinforces our role as a partner to government in helping to educate Kenya’s children and increase their opportunities.’

The value of high-quality textbooks in improving educational outcomes has been well documented. Evidence of their impact here will hopefully be seen in better educational outcomes for the children of Kenya.

Watch a short video on the SEQIP initiative