Monthly Archives: October 2016

Street Book Carnival Season 3


Celebrating International Literacy day on 8th September 2016, the attention calling activity started 9th – 30th September 2016 during Literacy for self reliance; Esperance together with Grace Rwanda Society organized a “Street Book Carnival Season 3.

The over welcomed pedestrians near to the community, schools and universities all badly wanted to know what was inside the books given out by Esperance and Grace Rwanda.  And finally the week ended at Free Zone. Even though other Ngos, institutions and publishing companies were selling their books with success involvement, street book carnival season 3 was the choice of the pupils, students, elders, in fact all ages as they wondered how generous Esperance and Grace Rwanda were to give out free books. This was another kind easy way to get library nearly to them. Surprisingly, everyone wanted to have our books.
The main purpose of this event was to encourage youth to read and change their reading habits. In three provinces with the intent to ignite and inspire Rwandans to read and write during the National Literacy Month: September, aiming the national theme:

Beyond School Wall: Promoting Reading in Homes and Communities.

Street Book Carnival events is about encouraging schools, universities and local community members to engage in the reading and writing culture, as the source of knowledge, expression and development.

The initial Street Book Carnival’s is mandate to provide annual national framework events for strategic and systematic growth of literacy outreach events involving all literacy stakeholders, private and public sectors, by promoting literacy alongside other causes and initiatives for literacy for personal advancement in life, society, culture and in economic and social development.

During literacy month of 2016, we were anticipating the participation of publishers, writers and other literacy stakeholders and various sponsors, together, we could continue to encourage the reading and writing culture in Rwanda.


Here are some methodologies to be used during this project:

1. Authors’ / Publisher (Readers & Writers)
Participants read and share their writing capabilities through open reading and writing sessions in Reading Tents.

2. Book Swap
Collect and trade books from participants allowing them to exchange and share books with other readers.

3. Literacy Reading Games
Participants join in spelling and writing competitions, i.e., Spelling Bees and reading comprehension games.

4. Storytelling / Puppets Presenters
Participants will enjoy learning from narrated stories and visual puppet literacy actions and presentations by professionals.

5. Sport Games & Entertainment through Participation
Table tennis, skating, and soccer games for Districts’ outreach and music
Entertainment to attract the general public, mostly youth, for literacy promotion.


Youth centers and local community involvement was crucial for the success of these Street Book Carnival Season 3 to Kayonza youth center, Muhanga youth center, Rwamagana youth center and City of Kigali and Communities local partners, in promoting literacy benefiting from these outreached events as we reach their young peoples.

At the source. Some outcomes included:

1. Celebration of National Literacy Month in three provinces enhancing reading culture to participants/guests from Minespoc, Districts education secretary, Youth centers coordinator, teachers of students and parents.
2. Young peoples’ academic realization through reading resources shared.
3. Network between partners through collaboration and sharing resources to the field.
4. Youth students increasing awareness about the concept of literacy level.
5. Boosted interest and love for reading, especially for younger generation.
6. Outreached and advocacy for community libraries through sharing reading resources.
7. Given out free four thousand and five hundred cartoon’s book ( Ni akumiro) and ninety two cartoon’s book ( Ese teta arumvira ) donated by Esperance.
8. And Grance Rwanda has gave out three thousand different books, fifty dictionaries, note books, pens, pencils, erase, sport equipments all for free to the participants.

1. Lack of financial support to the events.
2. Lack of the presence of parent the literacy movements.
3. Government incorporated.
4. Short time of mentoring the participants.