eKitabu Tunaenda Digital Newsletter September 2019

Tunaenda Digital Newsletter
September 2019

Accessible digital content for quality education  

Visit eKitabu stand (40, 41 and 42) at the Nairobi International Book Fair from 25th-29th September 2019 at Sarit Center in Nairobi, Kenya for accessible digital content for all


Note From CEO

Will Clurman
Co-Founder & CEO
Dear Friends,

Nairobi International Book Fair opens on Wednesday 25th September and runs until Sunday 29th at Sarit Centre in Westlands, organized by the Kenya Publishers Association. KPA members and other publishers local and global will be there. As a member of Kenya’s publishing community, eKitabu will join NIBF as we have every year for seven years since we founded the company. Last year, our team was thrilled and grateful to win “Best Stand – Innovative Use of Audio Visual Technology” for our Digital Storytime series with storytellers, children, parents and teachers. This year we are expanding Digital Storytime with more partners and more learners from special needs and mainstream schools to leave fewer people behind in Kenya’s vision for inclusive and quality education, #SDG4.

Also at NIBF, we will hold the seventh annual Digital Essay Competition Prizegiving on 25th September. Hongera publishers, teachers, students, ministry officials, partners and friends who have built DEC over the years! You will be happy to know 2019 is DEC’s biggest year ever by far. This year we have over 13,500 entries from all across Kenya in Kiswahili, English, French, German and Art categories. We have entries in braille from blind learners and Kenyan Sign Language videos from Deaf learners—all responding to this question: “Think of a problem in your school: how can technology help solve this problem?” It’s exciting to see the answers and ideas students shared on this question even as the Competency based Curriculum emphasizes building and applying skills, including critical thinking and digital literacy, to real life challenges. Please join us as we recognize 2019 DEC winners and their teachers. Karibuni sana!

Finally, as we continue over the next two weeks pinning down plans for Book Fair activities, if you want to be included as a partner in Digital Storytime or to collaborate with us in any way at NIBF, please let us know at support@ekitabu.com or by calling a member of our team. I look forward to being with you at NIBF 2019!

Warmest regards,

Digital Essay Competition

2019 Digital Essay Competition Judges at eKitabu offices during the 1st round of judging of essays

The 2019 Digital Essay Competition (DEC) came to a close on 8th August 2019 with schools and students across the country taking part. The competition was open to all Upper Primary and Secondary School Students in English, Kiswahili, French, and Art categories. They were to answer the question: “Think of a problem in your school: How can technology help solve that problem?” This year we’ve received over 13,500 essays.

We have finalized on the first judging process of shortlisting the top essays in English, Kiswahili, French, and Art categories. The judging was done by teachers from all over the country who have wide experience in invigilating and marking the Kenyan national exams.

The 2019 DEC Prizegiving ceremony will be on 25th September at Nairobi International Book Fair, Sarit Centre Nairobi. Read more

Featured Partner

The Kenya Publishers Association is happy to invite you to the 
22nd Nairobi International Bookfair at Sarit Center in Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya Publishers Association (KPA) is the umbrella body for book publishers in Kenya. This Association encourages the widest possible spread of printed and digital books throughout Kenya and beyond. Apart from promoting and protecting by all lawful means the interests of the publishing industry in Kenya, the Association also seeks to protect its members by dealing collectively with problems which can best be so dealt with.

KPA is the organizer of the Nairobi International Book Fair and this year KPA believes that the Bookfair will be like no other. Last year more than twenty-nine thousand (29,000) visitors attended the bookfair and this year KPA expect more. 70 local and 22 international exhibitors from China, Uganda, Korea, Senegal, UAE, Tanzania, South Africa, India, Pakistan, US, and Nigeria will be exhibiting at the bookfair.

Events at the Book Fair will include

  1. Presentation of the Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature
  2. Workshops and seminars on topical issues
  3. Book launches
  4. Children activities
  5. Books clearance sale and a raffle for books- Publishers will sell books at huge discounts
  6. Books exhibition 
  7. Book debates

EdTech Ecosystem

Will Clurman, CEO eKitabu demonstrates an Orbit device to Mr. Peter H. Vrooman, US Ambassador to Rwanda Dr. Eugene Mutimura, Rwanda Minister of Education and Mr. Stephen Blunden, Soma Umenye Chief of Party at the Inclusive Education workshop in Kigali Rwanda in May 2019
SOMA UMENYE is a comprehensive program of support to produce significant gains in early literacy. The Government of Rwanda affirms the need for all Rwandan children to develop basic Kinyarwanda reading skills in the first years of primary school. Reading sets a foundation for the success in school necessary for Rwanda to attain middle-income country status by 2020.

The objective of Soma Umenye is to improve reading outcomes in Kinyarwanda for at least 1 million children in public and government-aided schools in Rwanda by the end of Grade 3. Specifically, Soma Umenye will target all children in Grades 1-3 attending public and government-aided schools nationwide and ensure that at least 70 percent of students are able to read grade-level text with fluency and comprehension by the end of Grade 3.
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Featured Book of the Month

Guide to writing composition by John Nderitu is an ebook that enables students to write quality essays in English.
Composition is made up of introduction, body, and conclusion. A good introduction is made up of two or three sentences opening the door to the body of the composition. A reasonable body should be made up of four or five paragraphs. The paragraphs should not be too big or too small. A conclusion should be composed of one or two sentences summarising the composition. A proverb would be very good. Get the book at shop.eKitabu.com 

Featured Profile

James Odhiambo, Executive Officer Kenya Publishers Association speaking to winners at the
2018 Digital Essay Competition Prizegiving


James Odhiambo is the Executive Officer at Kenya Publishers Association (KPA). He has worked for KPA for 8 years in the general administration work, proper maintenance of records, receiving and disseminating information to KPA members and associated organizations. He also conducts research and compiling data related to the publishing industry and book trade in Kenya. At KPA James Initiates and coordinates projects, keeping proper books of accounts and attending meetings of the association and its partners.

James is the lead organizer of the Nairobi International Book Fair

Interesting facts about James

love reading books and traveling around the world

My best experience is the birth of my son!

My favorite food is chicken and noodles

During my free time, I bond with my family and friends

I get inspired by family, friends, and failure to succeed

My principle is “Be honest.” It gets you results much faster and every situation is temporary, act accordingly

James holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors In Public Relations and a Masters of Arts, International Relations and Politics

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