Developing Best Practice in Reading Tents in East Africa
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Developing Best Practice in Reading Tents in East Africa



An introduction to best practice in running readings tents in East Africa.

An introduction to best practice in running readings tents in East Africa.



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  • Developing Best Practice in Reading Tents in East Africa Robert Sarjant, Head of Operations, Book Aid International, UK World Library and Information Congress, Oslo 2005
  • Background
    • 3 countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
    • Only 10% of schools have libraries
    • Publishing is weak
    • Literacy rates are low
    • Lack of reading culture
    • Growth of Primary Education
  • Background
    • East African Book Development Association (EABDA) formed in 2001
    • Runs reading tents
    • And trains teacher-librarians
    • Formed partnership with Book Aid International (BAI) in 2003
  • Book Aid International
    • established 1954
    • works with partners to create reading and learning opportunities for people to realise their potential and alleviate poverty
    • provides books and training to libraries and the book chain in 18 countries
  • EABDA’s Mission
    • To enhance a reading culture in Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania, through developing the book chain (authorship, publishing, distribution, readership) & to encourage cross border trade in books.
  • EABDA aims to:
    • develop projects that ensure creation and supply of appropriate reading materials
    • support development of school & community libraries, & training of teachers in reading and library development
    • initiate/support projects & campaigns to build a book-reading culture
  • Why reading tents?
    • Breaks association between reading and textbooks
    • Makes reading for fun
    • ‘ an outreach tool used to promote reading, stimulate a desire and love for reading, develop reading skills and a reading culture.’
  • Reading Tent Activities
    • Storytelling and drama
    • Face painting
    • Puppet shows
    • Art (draw your favourite character)
    • Quizzes
    • Puzzles and games
  • Working in partnership to:
    • Promote reading as a basis for education and lifelong learning
    • Increase access to info. through libraries
    • Strengthen capacity within the book chain
    • Develop effective advocacy
    • Support professional skills development
    • Improve assessment of the outcomes
  • Who is our audience?
    • Children
    • Teachers – many are not readers
    • Parents
    • Wider community
    • Local leaders and business
  • Planning and Partners
    • Involve stakeholders & identify a lead
    • Mobilise the community
    • ‘ the occasion created a sense of ownership & appreciation of the library by the local community & laid the ground for future participation of the local community, including the business people’
  • What materials?
    • Relevant to target group/local situation
    • Appropriate language and style
    • Variety/diversity of titles
    • Good physical quality
    • Origin – local titles to promote local book industry
  • Books from BAI
  • How do we promote the project?
    • Sensitisation
    • Posters & Announcements
    • Radio, TV and newspapers
    • Invitations to local dignitaries
    • Participation in book fairs
    • But more advocacy needed
  • How do we train?
    • Participatory approach
    • Sharing learning and best practice
    • Training the trainer
    • Focus on practical outcomes
  • How do we keep going?
    • Reduce reliance on donors
    • Keep sowing seeds – training, reading clubs, book weeks, library sessions
    • Build up best practice & evidence
    • Lobby governments for support
    • Collaborate with stakeholders
  • No room in the tent!
  • Conclusions
    • Literacy guidelines useful for planning and looking back at projects
    • Reading tents project needs more work on latter stages of cycle
    • Given right opportunities, children all over the world will enjoy reading
  • Book Aid International
    • For further information:
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Or see
    • Full paper available from: