Turkana University College (TUC) has secured funding from the Extensive Reading Foundation (ERF) to enhance learning outcomes in basic literacy and numeracy through extensive reading. The funding is aimed at achieving two primary objectives: purchasing graded readers for Grade 5 and 6 students in selected primary schools within Turkana Central Sub-County and training English language teachers on how to effectively utilize these books to cultivate a culture of extensive reading, thereby improving language learning outcomes.

The project targets schools in Turkana Central Sub-County, with plans to expand to other sub-counties in Turkana County. It is being implemented by a team of researchers, including Dr. Miriti Gervasio and Dr. Susan Ouko from Turkana University College, and Dr. Benard Mudogo from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology.

Several schools are involved in this initiative, including Monti Primary, Loturerei Primary, Nayanae Primary, St. Mary’s Kawalase Primary, Kerio Primary School, and Ille Primary School. Students in these schools are excited to receive new books, focusing on enhancing their reading skills, and engaging in new reading activities. St. Mary’s Kawalase Primary, in particular, is using interactive learning with the new resources to further enrich the educational experience.

English Teachers attending a workshop

                                                                                           Teachers of English Attending a workshop

To ensure the sustainable improvement of literacy and numeracy, workshops have been conducted to equip English teachers with strategies for effectively utilizing the new graded readers in their curriculum. These workshops are essential for fostering a culture of extensive reading in the participating schools.