We get the support of the school board, teachers, students, parents and local leaders, and then sign a contract with the school that includes safeguards to protect resources donated and to ensure its data on the use of the library is secure, monitored and evaluated.
We immerse ourselves in the school and its larger community to ensure that the library we provide accurately reflects their needs, interests, local culture and community aspirations.To acquaint the community with the functions of a library, we provide the school with 150 books for a test run.
With the help of the teachers, students, and parents, we discuss how the library can best serve the school. Together, we select a range of books based on the community’s values and goals to add to our standard list of essential 1,500 books.
A Library Council is elected to assist the Librarian, and to promote stewardship, the practice of good governance and democracy. The council is mandated in a KEY Library Constitution that integrates Kenya’s democratic values, equality and freedom and choice in the use, governance and management of the library.
The library space is refurbished or built anew. A minimum of 1,500 books, and a book checkout system and labeling system are provided. Technology is installed and accessories and furniture are arranged.
Train & Integrate
We train librarians and/or teachers to utilize the resources for lesson plans and personal professional development, so they are properly equipped to help students improve academic performance.
Teachers, parents, students, and local leaders are all invited to explore the new space. Parents play an active advocate role, ensuring that the libraries are kept running smoothly and efficiently. In remote areas parents are involved in setting up the library.
KEY stays in touch. We keep track of the library’s general use and borrowings, as well as its impact on teachers teaching quality and its impact on students and their community.