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Rotary Club donates books, engages pupils in reading in Lagos

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Rotary Club donates books, engages pupils in reading in Lagos

By Millicent Ifeanyichukwu

Lagos, Sept. 23, 2021 (NAN) The Rotary Club of Omole-Golden District 9110, Lagos, on Thursday donated assorted books to Ojodu Primary School.

The donation was part of its efforts to encourage and develop quality leadership, through a good reading culture.

Ms Favour Madu, President of the Club, said there was need to reactivate reading culture, as well as basic learning skills among pupils in school.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Omole-Golden District 9110 Rotary Club Madu-led team, also held interactive reading sessions with pupils of the school.

One of the pupils with his teacher at the interactive reading sessions.

Madu said that the initiative was one of the club’s basic projects under its education and literacy programme, particularly in the schools.

“As we have in Rotary calendars, the month of September is for basic education and literacy; the District decided to focus attention on reading culture of children in public primary schools.

“We believe that this early stage is very important, so we want to catch them young and inculcate that habit of reading in them, because readers are leaders.

“Grooming good leaders begins with reading and searching for information, which will make them better individuals.

“Hence, in the long run, they will be useful to themselves, their families and society at large,” he added.

The club president said that some deficiencies were identified during the reading class, which she said, would be improved upon with the support of the State Universal Basic Education Board.

Cross section of students at the programme.

According to her, teachers and the club would also carry out intermittent monitoring on the pupils to ensure that the deficiencies are thoroughly addressed.

Madu said that the science laboratory built by the club would be inaugurated within the current academic session.

“We have Ajuwon High School, where Science Laboratory for Physics and Biology are already set up and will be inaugurated very soon.

“Just as we are grooming the leaders and trying to tutor them on how to read and excel, we also want them to be able to perform qualitative experiments in the laboratories.

“The idea is to get them adequately ready so that when they go out there, they would have been well knowledgeable, having gone through so many processes of learning.

Also, Mr Temitope Odelola, the Project Coordinator, expressed optimism that such initiatives would create positive impact.

“It is significant to note that reading of books is expository into numerous things, places, objects and an opportunity for children to gain knowledge, learn morals and ideas from things about other societies,” she said.

Emeka Anayo, who spoke on behalf of the students, lauded the club for the gesture and reawakening on the importance of reading and making it a culture.

“We are glad and inspired to have been engaged in such a reading atmosphere; we say a big thank you to the Rotary Club of District 9110 for this gesture.

“The gesture will enhance our reading skills and learn new words and boost our educational growth,” Anayosaid. (NAN)

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