About the project
Students in the schools show great interest in keeping abreast with news and current affairs and some even extend this interest to their parents and siblings at home. They however did not have a means to access it.
The Newspapers in Education Programme (NiE), a joint initiative between Safaricom Foundation and the Nation Media Group was launched in October 2009, with the objective of promoting a reading culture and awareness of current affairs among primary school students in Kenya.
The programme targeted 95 schools in marginalized areas of Kinango, Kilifi and Msambweni of the Coast Province and Wajir, Fafi and Garissa in North Eastern Province. Through the programme, students from Standards Five to Eight received copies of the Daily Nation and Taifa Leo newspapers, along with a specially designed activity book focusing on public health and environmental issues.
Over 190 teachers received specialized training on how to use newspapers to teach the students about current affairs, and on how to use the workbooks for practical activities and exercises based on the articles in the newspapers. The students were issued with certificates for exemplary performance, which motivated them to read widely, perform better in school and maintain an interest in current affairs.
The NiE project was positively received by students, teachers, parents and Ministry of Education officials in the programme areas. Students who previously did not have access to newspapers and information on current affairs experienced a whole new dimension to learning.