ABUJA – Afrigrowth Foundation, an NGO, has donated 5,000 books five Local Education Authority (LEA) school libraries in the FCT, to enhance reading culture in the country.
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Mrs Dayo Keshi, the Founder of the organisation, made the donation to the following LEA primary schools GOSA Sarki, Federal Housing Authority Lugbe, Sabon Lugbe, CHIKA and Piwoyi on Thursday in Abuja.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
She said that the action was an effort to bring back the reading culture in children, stressing that the ability to read promotes literacy and that the future of the nation depended on reading.
“Once a child can read, that child is literate; she doesn’t need anybody to read his/her letters and it’s not about passing exams; those are the academics.
“What we are encouraging is the reading culture of the child; because when you read, you learn about other people’s culture; you leave sadness to joy depending on what you read.
“We are coming to the under-served and disadvantaged communities to equip them with a library, so that each child can have the opportunity of enjoying the book.
Also Mrs Ony Sani, the Executive Director, Afrigrowth, said that the donation was aimed at granting school children access to books that they can read.
She added that through reading, the children could be transformed into someone or something they never imagined to be.
Sani said the foundation also trained the head teachers, teachers and librarians of the school on effective use of the library and how to engage the pupils in the use of library.
According to her, Afrigrowth has donated 80,000 books across the country since 2005, with a view to eradicate illiteracy in the country.
Respponding, Mrs Hannatu Johnson, the Head Teacher, LEA primary school Sabon Lugbe, who spoke on behalf of other benefitting head teachers, thanked the foundation for the books donated.
“We are very happy that Afrigrowth has equipped our library because prior to this, children in this school did not know what a library looked like.
“This will contribute immensely to the development of the children; it is a step forward in the education system.”
The head teacher said the knowledge they acquired from the training would be used optimally in managing the library, adding that the libraries would be opened daily for the pupils’ use.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the foundation donated various kinds of story books and computers.
With headquarters in Abuja, Afrigrowth aims at contributing towards the future of the African child through reading, to reduce illiteracy level in the country. (NAN)