The Maasai people are known for their nomadic lifestyle, their bright, beaded necklaces, and keeping of cows, goats, sheep and camels, whereas they are well known as not good readers. However….
Eco-Manyatta Afrika ; an organization that was set up specifically for enhancing the Maasai lifestyle has been on the forefront on impacting a young maasai child by providing learning material.
Heading North from Kajiado on the road to Tanzania, you reach a small town called Archer’s Post: turn down a murram road for 30km, and you will find the Maasai village of Kiltamany. Not far from here, tourists come to see elephants, giraffes, lions and cheetahs in the savannah of Samburu National Reserve and Kalama Conservancy.
We have been telling stories for thousands of years long before the British missionaries started teaching us to write. Stories are all around us. They inspire us, they make us feel like we belong, they also teach us a lot.
In partnership with the Agha Khan Foundation, we have been developing our literacy app for class 1 and 2 in Kenya and Uganda consisting of hundreds of stories in English, Kiswahili and Lugbarati. They all have faces that we are familiar with, names we can relate to – roads, trees, classes that we see everyday, thanks to our amazing illustrators and story tellers from across East Africa. Each story is narrated by local artists.
Every day, as I edit these stories I see a little bit of me when I was younger, laugh at the creativity of the storytellers and also get to re-learn some of the mythical stories told by our parents and grandparents. I hope the class 1 and 2 students reading them will feel the same.
This year we launched a website to help Upper Primary students in Kenya revise for KCPE for free. learn.e-limu.org contains 1000’s of lessons in English, Mathematics, Kiswahili, Social Studies and Religious Studies. Our content includes bite-sized animations, songs and videos to make learning fun and engaging.