IT FEELS GOOD TO GIVE BACK. ”The Jones family Visit to Ruben Centre
- Published: Tuesday, 23 January 2018 05:44
The Jones family (six),Brighton Jones employees (five) and clients/friends of Brighton Jones (six) visited the Ruben Centre on Thursday . They are all based in Seattle USA. This family first visited Ruben Centre in November 2013 so this was a return visit and Since they were last at Ruben, the new additions of note are the baby care program for kids with disabilities, Ruben FM, and completion of the two story new school building.Brighton Jones is a wealth Management company with a very big commitment to supporting the wider community with the mission statement for Brighton Jones being to help our clients, colleagues and communities live a richer life.
And giving back they are and Ruben Centre’ school has recently been a beneficiary of THE WORD READER program which aims to expand the availability of relevant reading content for the children through these libraries with the provision of e-readers filled with hundreds of relevant books each. Several teachers and library managers were trained on e-reader operation, project management, and monitoring and evaluation. A community sensitization and training event was organized in the library and the program was launched on 18th December.
The Ruben Library was privileged to have received 50 kindles loaded with 100 reading resources from World Reader which is a total of 5000 books.. This program will enable the library to create a reading culture for the children as well as assist pupils with difficulties in reading. The Kindles contain digitized books with local and international content suitable for reading. Each e-reader is installed with 100 reading materials in all subjects including Mathematics, English, Kiswahili and also an inbuilt library .The aim of the program is to improve the reading culture by increasing accessibility of reading materials in one tool; the e-readers. tablets
The World Reader project aims at bridging the traditional role of the library as a place for reading and books with the increasing presence of technology, the findings presented in this report indicate that digital reading programs may be a good first step for libraries just beginning to implement technology programs. They are relatively low cost, easy to set up, easy to train on, and allow libraries room to get their feet wet before implementing more cost and time intensive technology interventions.
The Jones spent a large part of their day here at the Centre, immersing themselves in all our programs. The school welcomed them and the Public Relations and Performing Group performed their show for them. They also donated Laptops to the Centre and stationery for rewarding excellence for students especially during student’s pupils Baraza’s.
Clearly the visit touched different visitors in different ways but an overriding feeling was that, Ruben Centre has an amazing spirit, which is so real it is both tangible and visible. We thank them for the visit and the willingness to support our vision and mission of creating a JUST AND EMPOWERED COMMUNITY here in Mukuru.