Through the ADE Online Book Project, former street-children and other acutely vulnerable youth in the School Transition Class will be given the opportunity to write both fiction and non-fictional stories and publish them online.
We believe that the poverty these children suffer from is denying them their basic rights and yet they lack the resources to make their voices heard in order to demand their rights. We believe they deserve the opportunity to have their voices and their stories heard, that it is wrong for society to shut its ears to the voices of marginalised people. Through the production of e-books we aim to provide ostracised youth with a platform to speak out about the challenges street-children face and call for change. E-books can also be easily printed in order to distribute them amongst the local community with the aim of raising awareness of the problems faced by street-children and the reasons that children resort to the streets.
Writing these stories will serve as a means of counselling the youth and encouraging them to explore both their past and the possibilities for their future. The project will provide ostracized youth with the opportunity to explore their identity and gain confidence through the knowledge that their voices are being heard by others around the world.
Producing e-books will help the children to develop crucial information technology skills which will help with employment in the future.
Producing online story books will also allow the children to improve their English language and creative writing skills, which will be invaluable to them when they re-enter mainstream educational establishments, which teach the Kenyan curriculum in English.
Once published online, the e-books will be stored in an online library which is accessible globally through the internet. This will allow the e-books to be shared with partner schools and youth groups, encouraging global understanding and cultural sensitivity amongst young people. The e-books will also provide donors and supporters with information about our work from the viewpoint of a beneficiary, which will strengthen donor development, which is vital for a small charity like The Turning Point Trust
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